MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.

Month: July, 2008

Why a Route 16 Station Makes Sense

18 July, 2008 (16:34) | News | By: Editor

Here are some of the reasons why the Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16) area makes sense for a Green Line terminus station:

+ Significantly higher ridership potential, thus improving the project’s cost effectiveness, which is measured in cost per hour of user benefit, a key criteria for federal approval and funding.

+ Within convenient walking distance (10 to 15 minutes) of more than 10,0000 residents of Medford, Somerville and Arlington who would not have such access if the terminus were located at College Avenue, nearly one mile away.

+ Three multi-purpose paths being planned by DCR – along Alewife Brook through Arlington, along Mystic Valley Parkway from the Mystic Lakes, and along the length of the Mystic River in Medford – lead directly to the Route 16 terminus area.

+ The largely commercial node is more conducive to requirements of the terminus station (e.g., a longer platform, space for layover cars) than the College Avenue area, where the platform would directly abut backyards of Burget Avenue residents.

+ Direct access from two major arterial roads (Mystic Valley Parkway and Boston Avenue) that lead directly to highway connections (I-93, Route 2, Route 60), which facilitates drop-off/pickup traffic.

+ Transfer/connectivity for riders of existing bus routes (#80 from Arlington and #94 from Medford Square; additionally, a path could be created to connect the Green Line station to the West Medford commuter rail station less than 1,000 yards away.

+ Serves Environmental Justice target area communities in West Medford and Northwest Somerville.

+ Direct access to several destinations for riders coming TO Medford/Somerville – the office buildings at 200 and 196 Boston Avenue; the Elizabeth Grady headquarters at 222 Boston Avenue; the Whole Foods store at 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway; the Brooks School on High Street; the Mystic Reservation Park and Dilboy Stadium; and several churches in West Medford and Medford Hillside.

+ Opportunity for related infrastructure improvements that would improve stormwater management and reduce pollution entering the Mystic River.

+ Shifting more auto trips to transit will help the city of Medford meet emissions reduction goals established in the Medford Climate Action Plan. Motor vehicle usage in Medford accounts for 38 percent of community emissions, with personal vehicles the largest contributor.

+ Supports several key areas of focus of the Mystic Watershed Action Plan, including transit-oriented development, better bike/pedestrian access and improved municipal infrastructure.

+ Provides easy access without requiring a car to venues such as TD Banknorth Garden, Cambridgeside Galleria, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, the North Shore beaches, Logan Airport, Harvard, BC, BU, Northeastern, the Arnold Arboretum, Boston Harbor Islands, Maine, Harvard Medical Center, Mass General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Boston Public Library, Union Square, Lechmere, Museum of Science.

If you agree, please sign our petition in support of a station at Route 16.

Thank you!

Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

MGNA meeting Tuesday, July 15

9 July, 2008 (23:23) | News | By: Editor

The next meeting of the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance will
be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the South Medford Fire Station,
Zero Medford Street.

Among the topics to be discussed are the ongoing Environmental Impact
Report Study and the MGNA Route 16 petition.

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.