MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.

Month: May, 2008

EOT releases new station drawings

31 May, 2008 (11:53) | Advisory Committee Notes, Documents, News | By: Editor

The Executive Office of Transportation has posted to the Green Line extension project website new, more detailed drawings for the proposed stations, which will be
discussed at Monday’s Project Advisory Group meeting.

Here is a quick summary of the new plans:


+ The station lobby is attached to the north side of the Broadway
Bridge, with access from bridge
+ The platform is further north (behind the bowling alley buiding,
which appears to remain intact)


+ The station lobby just north of College Avenue, designed into the
curvature, with ramps leading to station from both College Avenue
and Boston Avenue.
+ The platform is further north of College Avenue, along Boston
Avenue, but ending before reaching abutting homes on Burget Avenue.


+ The UHaul building is gone, but there is no parking deck shown.
+ The station lobby is in the far northeast corner of the property.
+ The platform is south of the lobby, extending to just past the
northeast corner of 200 Boston Avenue.
+ There is a dropoff/pickup lane with an entrance from Boston
Avenue, in between the 200 and 196 Boston Avenue buidings, and
exiting (presumably exit only) at Mystic Valley Parkway.

Here is a link to all the station drawings on the project website:

Monday’s Project Advisory Group meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the St. Clement’s Parish Hall, 579 Boston Ave., Medford.

Please note that this is a change of location from the original meeting schedule that was announced in April. Shiloh Bapstist Church in Medford, which was scheduled to host this meeting, requested that it be moved because it anticipated it would not have room to
accommodate as many people as attended the May advisory group meeting at St. Clement’s.

The meeting agenda and directions follow:


Monday, June 2, 2008
4 – 6 P.M.



Update from EOTPW

Station Concepts
– Station Locations
– MBTA Program
– Preliminary Concepts

Union Square Alignment(s)

Proposed Operating Plan

Next Steps

Public Comment

– – –


St. Clement’s Parish Hall is located at the intersection of Warner Street and Boston Avenue. Warner is the continuation of Harvard Street on the other side of Boston Avenue.

The Advisory Group meeting is on the lower level, which you can enter from the Warner Street main entrance (the sign next to the door says “St. Clement’s Parish Schools”). The room is down a few steps.

The handicapped entrance is located in the walkway space between the church and the school. It can be reached from Warner Street or from the school parking lot. The doorway leads to an elevator, which goes to the lower level (you will arrive in a hall outside of new Parish Hall).

There is one handicapped parking space and there may be some spaces available in the school’s parking lot by the time our meeting begins.

On street parking for non-residents is available on Boston Avenue and on St. Clement’s Road but only on one side of each street, so please read the signs to make sure you are not choosing resident parking.

Here is a google map of the location:

Nearby MBTA bus routes that serve the area (specifically PowderHouse Square)  include the 89, 94, and 80.

If you have questions or require access accommodations, contact:

Regan Checchio
Public Affairs Manager
Regina Villa Associates
51 Franklin St., 4th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Ph: 617-357-5772 ext. 14
Fax: 617-357-8361

MGNA Meeting – Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m.

19 May, 2008 (21:42) | News | By: Editor

The next meeting of the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at the South Medford Fire Station, Zero Medford Street.

Among the topics to be discussed are the ongoing Environmental Impact Report Study, including the preliminary station recommendations; the proposed Route 16 terminus station; Mitigation Issues; and Civic Participation.

The Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance is a group of citizens
who support the proposed Green Line extension to Medford, and who
advocate for proactive involvement from the city, its residents and
all stakeholders to ensure that the extension is completed in a manner
that is most beneficial to the community.

McGlynn: Hillside location a poor choice

6 May, 2008 (23:06) | Advisory Committee Notes, News | By: Editor

From Medford Transcript:

Medford – The Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) announced Monday that it has no intentions of placing the Green Line Extension project’s 11.5-acre maintenance facility in Medford, but at least two of its six new station location recommendations will be in the city at Route 16 and the Hillside. The maintenance facility was a hotly contested issue, which project planners have said from the beginning would be necessary to support additional train cars. Many Medford citizens were relieved to hear they would not have to deal with the noise, though some in Somerville were not happy with the EOT’s choice of locations.

“The area that looks most viable is the area we’re calling Yard 8,” said Mike McArdle of Vanassen Hagen Brustlin, the project’s developer. “[The MBTA] has already signed off on the location as being suitable.”

The Yard 8 area is located right between McGrath Highway and Interstate 93 around Innerbelt Road in Somerville.

Mayor Michael McGlynn said he was relieved to hear Medford would not be saddled with the facility.

“I told them months ago that if they tried to put a maintenance facility in Medford, we would lead a charge against anything coming to Medford,” said McGlynn.

But the mayor not pleased with one of the new station locations or with all the time he has spent waiting on impact reports. Since the EOT’s last workshops on station locations in February, a proposed College Avenue station, close to Tufts University, has been switched with one half way up Boston Avenue toward Winthrop Street.

“They’re picking the worst location in terms of the overall public disruption in this project,” said McGlynn. “They skipped Tufts and put it right in the neighborhood where most of the opposition is.”

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