Green Line

16 posts

MBTA Takes Important Step Forward on Green Line Extension

Today, at Somerville City Hall, the MBTA Board of Directors approved a contract for the final design of the Green Line Extension. The Board’s decision follows a critical piece of federal environmental approval from earlier this summer.

MBTA Board of Directors approve the Green Line Extension
The MBTA Board of Directors approves the first phase of Green Line Extension construction.

This means the long-promised Green Line Extension is one big step closer to becoming a reality, and that construction will “begin next month,” according to MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey.

As my friends and neighbors in Somerville are well aware, East Somerville is one of the most densely populated areas in the country to not be served by light rail. The Green Line Extension project will improve both air quality and traffic by making it easier to get around without a car, spur economic development throughout Somerville, and create new green space along a corridor from Davis Square to the Charles River. It’s a win-win-win for all of us, and that’s why I’ve been fighting for it since I first got to the State House.

The process of extending the Green Line from Lechmere into Somerville has been long and painstaking, and at times, I’ve shared my neighbors’ frustration over the project’s delays. But today’s meeting marks a major milestone and is cause for celebration. With this decision, the MBTA Board of Directors has made good on promises it made to Somerville and Cambridge years ago. Now, the hard work of construction begins, starting with the rehabilitation of three critical sites along the proposed Green Line Extension tracks.

As always, I’ll be pushing for the rapid construction of the Green Line Extension, and I’ll let you know about important developments here and on Twitter.

MassDOT Public Meetings Planned for Next Week

There will be two public meetings held by MassDOT in Somerville next week.

The first is a meeting at the Holiday Inn, located at 30 Washington St., to discuss noise barriers and retaining walls for the Green Line Extension project. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The second is a meeting on Wednesday, May23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Capuano Early Childhood Center located at 150 Glen St. The purpose of this meeting is to brief the public and elected officials on the progress of the Assembly Square Orange Line Station project.

If you have any questions about these meetings, please contact my office and either myself or my staff will be happy to assist you.