Somerville Alderman-at-Large Denise Provost updated her constituents today in the form of a newsletter, regarding the status and timeline related to the Green Line extensions. She met with the “Legislative Delegation with representatives from MassHighway, MBTA, the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT), and from the City of Somerville.” Here is an excerpt from the newsletter.
We learned that EOT has a consultant doing some of the environmental evaluations, and expects to hold a public hearing this September (date TBA) on the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the project. The redrafted Ozone State Implementation Plan (“Ozone SIP”) regulations have gone to the state’s Office of Administration and Finance (A&F), and are expected to be released within the next month or two. It is expected that the project will be in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in July, 2007, but that an alignment and station locations will not be identified until the end of 2007 or in 2008.
This appears to be good news for advocates of the project, as the Ozone SIP changes appeared to be held up, with most of us expecting an announcement on proposed changes at the beginning of summer.
The newsletter was sent out via email and is now posted on her web site.