After years of underfunding transportation projects, and almost two years after federal transit and highway authorities rejected the state’s 2008-2011 transportation plans, the commonwealth is scrambling to secure federal approval and, hopefully, funding this year.
Meanwhile, delays translate to millions in increased costs, and the long-awaited Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford is now estimated at $1.119 billion, including a delayed Route 16 station in Medford (in federal fiscal years, the spending is now estimated as follows: $49 million in 2010, $885 million in 2011-2015, and $185 million in 2016-2020).
“My main concern about the Green Line coming here is whether it will really happen,” said local transportation advocate Bill Shelton from the Mystic View Task Force, worried that the state is broke and may not be able to make its deadlines to keep the project on track.
While local and state legislators continue to push for the project, they are not happy about the Route 16 being pushed back to a second phase that won’t be completed by the 2014 deadline. In the meantime, the Green Line will stop at College Avenue.
“I don’t believe that stopping at College Avenue meets the requirements of the state’s legal obligation to our communities,” said state Rep. Carl Sciortino, D-Medford. “It’s also a big jump in cost, but the longer we wait, the more expensive it gets.”
Read the Somerville Journal article.
View the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Green Line timeline.