MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.



MGNA offers Mystic Valley station plan that retains U-Haul building

21 November, 2017 (01:17) | Editorial, News | By: Editor

MGNA_Rt. 16 rendering and plan_Page_1The Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance strongly favors preserving the building, which would make the station project less expensive, less environmentally damaging, and less disruptive to the neighborhood.

The accompanying images created by MGNA show a concept of a repurposed U-Haul building and a possible station configuration.

The two alternatives are included in a Notice of Project Change (NPC) document that the MBTA filed to begin the Mystic Valley Parkway environmental impact study.

Members of public are invited to submit written comments on the NPC by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28. Comments should be addressed to:

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Attn: MEPA Office

EEA No. 13886

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston MA  02114

Following a review of the NPC and the public comments, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, will issue a scope for the environmental impact study. That is expected to be announced on December 8.

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GLX-Route 16 Environmental Impact Study begins

19 November, 2017 (14:34) | News | By: Editor

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The MBTA has begun the public process of preparing an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Green Line Extension (GLX) station at Mystic Valley Parkway and Boston Avenue on the Medford/Somerville line.

The Mystic Valley Station was identified as the preferred terminus station location on the GLX Medford Branch in the 2009 Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project. However, due to fiscal constraints, MassDOT deferred this one-mile portion of the extension to a second phase.

Now, with a contract to build Phase I of the GLX expected to be awarded in December, the MBTA has resumed the planning for Phase II, the Mystic Valley Parkway Station.

The first step was the filing of a Notice of Project Change (NPC) document on October 17. The NPC presents a preliminary proposal for the continued extension of the Green Line along the MBTA Lowell Line commuter rail right of way from the Phase I terminus at College Avenue in Medford to Mystic Valley Parkway in Somerville (current site of the U-Haul building at 600 Mystic Valley Parkway).

The purpose of the NPC is to both initiate additional review for the extension to Mystic Valley Parkway by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office, as well as provide an opportunity for public input on proposed station design changes, from a two-level station (previously reviewed) to an at-grade, one-level station (currently proposed).

The NPC also includes a new possible alternative design, proposed by the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance, in which the Mystic Valley Parkway station would be integrated into the existing U-Haul building site, which would be adapted for different uses, rather than the building being demolished to accommodate the station only.

The NPC has been posted to the GLX Project website (direct link to report PDF), and printed copies are available at the city halls and libraries in Medford and Somerville. Additional information about the NPC also can be found on the About this Project page on the GLX website.

HOW TO COMMENT

Members of public are invited to submit written comments on the NPC by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28. Comments should be addressed to:

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Attn: MEPA Office

EEA No. 13886

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston MA  02114

Oral comments also will be accepted at the following public meeting:

Monday, November 20

6 to 8 p.m.

Breed Memorial Hall – Tufts University

51 Winthrop Street, MedfordFollowing the close of the public comment period, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs will issue a scope for the Mystic Valley Parkway Station Environmental Impact Report study, which will be conducted throughout 2018 by the MBTA and consultants.

$1.4 billion approved for Green Line Extension

5 August, 2015 (21:46) | Documents, News | By: Editor

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.