Notes from Green Line Project Advisory Group Meeting #2 December 3, 2007 Community Room, VNA Assisted Living Center, Somerville
Presiding: Steve Woelfel, Project Manager from Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works (EOTPW).
With: Mike McArdle and Kristine Wickham of lead consultant Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB); Kate Fichter, EOTPW, deputy project manager; and Regan Checcio and Charlie Patton of Regina Villa Associates (public participation consultant).
Medford Advisory Group members present: Ken Krause, Carol Sharpton, Dr. William Wood.
UPDATE FROM EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS
- The governor filed a Transportation Bond Bill on Nov. 29 that includes money that would cover any amount not secured for the project through federal funding requests.
- The initial submittal to the Federal Transit Administration to begin the process of applying for federal funding was initiated on Nov. 6.
- The project web site – www.greenlineextension.org – went live on Nov. 9 and has had 650 hits.
- The MBTA has advertised for a consultant to help with the process of design and procurement of new Green Line cars.
- Interagency coordination meetings have been held with MassHighway, the MBTA and DCR, with specific discussion about maintenance facility needs and bridge conditions
- Project consultants also met with the Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA (AACT) to begin dialogue on accessibility issues.
- On-ground surveying of the extension corridor will begin next week. This will include top of rail elevations, property limits, bridge openings and cross sections along the right-of-way.
- PROJECT SCHEDULE
- The schedule for the 18-month Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) study was outlined. It calls for the DEIR to be submitted on Feb. 20, 2009. Tasks in the process include:
- Refinements of alternatives: Ongoing through Feb. 8, 2008.
- Alternatives analysis: Ongoing through Nov. 14, 2008.
- Draft Environmental Analysis Report: Nov. 17, 2008 through Feb. 20, 2009.
- Conceptual Engineering: Ongoing through Feb. 6, 2009.
Advisory board members requested additional information on the project schedule through the Dec. 31, 2004 completion target date.
- General areas for station consideration, as identified in the MEPA Certificate that guides the DEIR, are at Washington Street, Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square, College Avenue, in between College Avenue and Winthrop Street, Winthrop Street, and Mystic Valley Parkway on the main branch, and at Union Square on the second spur.
- Industry standard for the distance between light rail trolley stations is one-half mile, or approximately a 10-minute walking distance. The project is looking at eight potential station locations on the four-mile route.
- Analysis will include operational impact, existing parking, ADA consistency, rider drop-off opportunities, transit connections (existing and additional) and land use compatibility.
- Planners will work to develop a prototype station for the line.
- Neighborhood workshop meetings will be held starting in January in the areas of proposed station locations. Planners are seeking recommendations for meeting locations and assistance on outreach. Contact Regan Checcio at rchecchio(AT)reginavilla.com (replace (AT) with @.
- Use of a single Green Line track will be considered in certain areas to reduce impact on abutters.
- Advisory board members requested a detailed cost analysis for items such as stations, lighting, sound buffers, etc.
UPCOMING ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS
(4 to 6 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association Center, 259 Lowell St., Somerville)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
– Ken Krause