MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.



Month: March, 2012

Supporters pack Medford City Hall for station meeting

21 March, 2012 (22:53) | News, Community Event | By: Editor

Nice to see back-to-back full houses at Medford City Hall this week in support of two positive developments in the city — Tuesday night for the Brooks Estate master plan and bond proposal, and Wednesday night for the Green Line Extension stations at Ball Square and College Avenue.

Nice job, Medford (and our neighbors who also attended!).

Here are recent image of how the plans for the College Avenue and Ball Square stations are looking.

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March 21: Ball Square, College Ave. station design meeting

11 March, 2012 (23:05) | News, Community Event | By: Editor

MBTA Announcement:

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, the Green Line Extension Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plan for Ball Square & College Avenue
Stations. The meeting will be held at Medford City Hall, City Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

If you need access or language accommodations to fully participate in this public meeting, please contact Beverley Johnson at 617-438-2767 or
bjohnson@bevcoassociates.comcastbiz.net at least one week before the event.

More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website.

As always, if you have any questions on the Green Line Extension Project, you an email us at info@glxinfo.com.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

THE GREEN LINE EXTENSION PROJECT TEAM

MassDOT March GLX project status update

11 March, 2012 (23:01) | News | By: Editor

MassDOT has posted its monthly status report on the Green Line Extension project, to be presented to the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization on Thursday.

Here are some highlights of new information added since the February status report:

Project Status

+ An updated Operations & Maintenance (O&M) model, part of the New Starts funding application, was approved by Federal Transportation Administration staff in February and the financial plan will now be reviewed by the FTA’s financial oversight consultant. The review and ranking will continue over the coming months. The FTA actions to approve the requested permission to enter the Preliminary Engineering phase and to issue the Finding of No Significant Impact( FONSI), both of which are critical activities, are anticipated by no later than April 2012.

+ The proposals to supply 24 new Green Line vehicles, submitted to the MBTA by potential car builders on June 13, 2011, are currently under review by the MBTA Technical Selection Committee and on schedule for approval at a MBTA board meeting in late summer 2012.

+ Reaching a resolution on station designs is still required with Somerville at Gilman Square Station, where open issues are the adjacent roadway design and the space available for the Ride program to drop‐off.

+ A potential change in the program delivery methodology is still being evaluated and legislation has been filed requesting authorization to use a delivery method called Construction Manager/General Contractor to deliver the Green line program.

+ The team is preparing to issue a Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the completion of the advanced Preliminary Engineering and the Final design and held an informational forum for Designers and Contractors on February 27th which had an attendance of over a 100 interested parties.

Potential Challenges

+ At this point one of the largest challenges continues to be the timely receipt from the FTA of the approval to enter PE and the receipt of the FONSI.

Read the March status report.