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$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.

Broadway Bridge reopens at Ball Square

8 July, 2015 (16:13) | News | By: Editor

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Announcement from the Green Line Extension Project Team: As of the end of today, July 8, Broadway Bridge in Ball Square in Somerville will be reopened to all lanes of traffic. Both sidewalks will be opened as well. The GLX contractor White Skanska Kiewit (WSK) has constructed the utility bridge structure that necessitated this lane closure, which began back in January of this year.

The next step in this Broadway utility bridge work is that Verizon will be continuing to perform cut-overs through July and will be in and out of their manholes on either side of the bridge. Eversource is also anticipated to be installing new manholes and conduit in and across Broadway and will require some lane closures during their operation – this work should commence later this month and continue through September.

Thank you for your patience cooperation during this work. It is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or info@glxinfo.com

 

MBTA requests opinion on need for further environmental review at College Ave. Station

6 July, 2015 (10:09) | News | By: Editor

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The MBTA has asked the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to determine whether additional environmental review is needed for the College Avenue Station on the Green Line Extension, due to the addition of a Tufts University academic building being planned adjacent to the station.

In its June 30 Request for an Advisory Opinion from the EEA, the MBTA said it feels the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project does not require additional environmental review, because the changes do not result in additional or different environmental impacts of the GLX. Those impacts, and associated mitigation measures, were described in the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report, which the EEA office certified in June 2010.

The EEA Secretary will determine whether the MBTA must make an additional filing under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act to address the potential impacts and mitigation resulting from the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project, including land transfers.

The MBTA has also asked the EEA to hold a public comment period on its Request for an Advisory Opinion, which is not required but may be conducted at the Secretary’s discretion.
If the Secretary concurs, the public comment period would take place from July 8 through July 28, with the Secretary issuing an advisory opinion within 20 days of the close of that comment period.

The MBTA’s Request for an Advisory Opinion letter is available on the project website.