The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports that the Green Line Extension project website has been updated to include the comment letters received by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on the Green Line Extension Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).
Month: January, 2010
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has released its response to public comments on its 2009 Annual Status Report for the Green Line extension and the other transit commitment projects in its State Implementation Plan.
Each July 1, MassDOT is required to file an Annual Status Report on these projects, hold a public hearing (held Sept. 9, 2009), and accept written public comments. It then has 120 days to formally submit responses to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
In its document, MassDOT responds to public comments regarding its proposed two-phase construction schedule, Route 16 station property impacts, elimination of the proposed Winthrop Street station, MassDOT’s definition of “Medford Hillside,” impacts on minority and other populations, tunneling analysis, mitigation, diesel particulate pollution, as well as the project’s funding and timetable.
MassDOT also reiterates that the siting of the maintenance and storage facility for the project remains a “formidable” challenge, but that it continues to work on the issue with municipal and public stakeholders and hopes to have a resolution soon.
The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on Thursday approved a program of technical analysis and modeling to support the Green Line Extension project’s Final Environmental Impact Report and federal funding application.
The MPO’s Transportation Planning and Programming Committee approved the work program, which was submitted by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) upon the recommendation of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
As outlined in an 11-page memorandum, the objectives of the CTPS work program are to:
+ Assist in the refinement of the proposed project
+ Further measure air quality and environmental justice impacts
+ Measure cost-effectiveness
+ Provide necessary components for funding through a Federal Transit Administration New Starts submission
The CTPS memo estimates the work will take 15 months to complete. However, an estimated schedule shows most of the analysis and modeling will be completed in about nine months, with the remaining time devoted to assisting MassDOT in preparing the New Starts application.
Thursday’s approval of the Work Program came six days after MassDOT was informed by Environmental Secretary Ian Bowles that it must submit a Final Environmental Impact Report containing analysis that was not included in the Draft EIR last October.