The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has approved $1.4 billion in federal and state funds to continue construction of the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford.
The MPO is the body that programs all federal transportation dollars available for the 101 cities and towns in the Boston Region. At its meeting on July 30, the MPO approved:
+ $1.27 billion in federal fiscal years 2016-19 for Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension to College Avenue in Medford and Union Square in Somerville; design and construction of the Community Path extension from Somerville to Cambridge; and construction of a new Green Line maintenance and storage facility in Somerville
+ $158 million in federal fiscal years 2016-20 for design and the start of construction of Phase 2 of the extension from College Avenue to Route 16 on the Medford/Somerville line, the first $8.1 million of which becomes available on October 1 of this year (the start of federal fiscal year 2016).
The Green Line Extension received strong support during the 30-day public comment period prior to the MPO vote. More than 150 comments were received in favor, and none were received in opposition. Among the Medford elected officials to write in favor of the funding were Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, and the state legislators representing the corridor – Senator Patricia Jehlen, and State Representatives Christine Barber and Sean Garballey. Stephanie Muccini Burke, a former Medford City Councilor and a current candidate for mayor, also submitted a comment letter in support of the funding.