http://www.petitiononline.com/MGNA16/petition.htmlThe Executive Office of Transportation is nearing a decision on its final recommendation for station locations along the Green Line extension to Medford.
While EOT currently proposes stations at Ball Square and at College Avenue, it does not propose a stop at Winthrop Street in Medford Hillside, and is still only considering a terminus station at Route 16 (Mystic Valley Parkway) on the Medford/Somerville line. Over the summer, EOT and its consultants will be collecting and analyzing ridership, air quality, land use, cost effectiveness and other data that will factor into EOT’s final recommendation of station locations, due in September.
The Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance strongly believes that Route 16 is the best location for a terminus station, and expects the data to bear this out. This location would:
+ Provide Green Line access to thousands of residents of Medford, Somerville and Arlington living within a 10-minute walk.
+ Be conveniently accessible from two major thoroughfares with existing bus connections, and at the apex of two multipurpose paths being planned along the Mystic River and Alewife Brook.
+ Dramatically increase ridership, reduce auto trips, improve air quality and lower the per-user cost of the project, making it more attractive for federal approval and funding.
+ Serve two large portions of Medford and Somerville designated as Environmental Justice communities – those traditionally underserved by clean mass transit and overburdened by air pollution and other environmental impacts — one of the requirements the project must meet.
In 2006, an MGNA petition to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs helped ensure inclusion of the Route 16 area in the scope of the Environmental Impact Study for the project.
Now at another crucial juncture in the project, the MGNA is circulating another petition, to be submitted to the EOT and local, state and federal officials, supporting the Route 16 area as the best location for a Green Line terminus.
We urge all Green Line proponents to sign the petition – located at
http://www.petitiononline.com/MGNA16/petition.html – and to send this notice to your friends and ask them to sign as well.The Green Line extension represents a historic opportunity to improve the quality of life for area residents for generations to come. Extending the line to Route 16 will ensure that the project achieves its greatest potential.Thank you.
Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance