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:
+ 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.
+ 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.