Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has called on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to provide additional funding and planning resources to get the Green Line Extension project completed.
In the city’s Sept. 13, 2011, comment letter on the Boston MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), McGlynn wrote:
“The Green Line Extension project has been documented for air quality, transportation and economic development benefits. Of these, the air quality benefits should be of overriding concern. The City is concerned that the Green Line Extension Project has been underfunded and construction delayed as a result. In addition to the fact that legal commitments have not been fulfilled of more concern should be the fact that even additional and necessary, planning, design and engineering has failed to progress to the point of making this project ‘construction ready’ in the event federal funding becomes available as part of an economic stimulus package.
“The City respectfully requests that the MPO revise the LRTP and TIP to allocate the necessary funding for implementation the Green Line Extension Project in keeping with the State’s current legal commitments and that the project be allocated sufficient funding for planning and design to make the project ‘shovel ready.’ ”
The Boston MPO is scheduled to vote on both the LRTP and TIP planning documents at its meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the State Transportation Building.
Read the full text of McGlynn’s letter.
Read other public comments on the Long Range Transportation Plan.