MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.

Month: December, 2012

Community Path design presentation posted

17 December, 2012 (15:51) | Community Event, News | By: Editor


The PowerPoint presentation from the Dec. 11 Green Line Extension/Community Path Design meeting is now posted to the project website.

The 45-page presentation provides an overview of the 30% design of the path extension along the Green Line route, including access to and from Green Line stations and other nearby institutions and amenities.

As part of the Green Line Extension project, MassDOT has committed to designing the extension of the Somerville Community Path from south of Lowell Street to the Inner Belt area of Somerville. The path currently extends from Davis Square to Cedar Street but is being extended to Lowell Street by the city of Somerville.

View the Community Path presentation here.

View the Green Line Extension Public Meetings Documents here.

Medford Mayor McGlynn cheers Green Line project kickoff

11 December, 2012 (17:37) | Community Event, News | By: Editor

Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has a word with Governor Deval Patrick following the Green Line Extension construction kickoff event.

An enthusiastic Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn today helped local, state and national officials mark the start of construction for the long-awaited extension of the Green Line to Somerville and Medford.

“Today is the day that the doubters will become believers,” McGlynn said before a large gathering of citizens and news media representatives in a parking lot at the Target store on Somerville Avenue in Somerville, near one of the bridges that will be widened for the Green Line in Phase I.

“People who were concerned about a struggling economy and a Great Recession over the last five years felt that this day would never happen,” McGlynn said. “Well, the shovels are now in the ground, and we all look forward to a cleaner environment, economic expansion, job creation, increased revenue, transit-oriented development opportunities, not only here in Somerville but Medford and Cambridge.”

Green Line service is not scheduled reach Medford until about 2019, but McGlynn pointed out a key benefit that the city will derive from the widening of the rail bridge over Harvard Street during Phase I work, which will include replacement of a 19th century water pipe with a larger, modern version.

“We also welcome the fact that when the Harvard Street bridge is redesigned and reconstructed that a great portion of South Medford will be relieved of the serious flood situation that has existed there for years,” McGlynn said.

“So this is all about quality of life issues from the first shovel that goes into the ground until that first train rolls down the tracks. I congratulate everybody and let’s keep going!”

Watch a video of McGlynn’s remarks here.

Green Line Extension groundbreaking by the numbers

11 December, 2012 (06:27) | Community Event, Editorial, News | By: Editor

Planning for the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford – a legal obligation of the Commonwealth since 1991 – began in earnest on June 3, 2004, with the first meeting of the Beyond Lechmere Northwest Corridor Study Advisory Committee.

As ground is broken today on the project, here are some numbers to put the milestone in perspective:

3,113: Number of days of planning the extension since the first meeting of the Beyond Lechmere study committee (8 years, 6 months, 8 days)

6: Number of Secretaries of Transportation since planning began (Dan Grabauskas, John Cogliano, Bernard Cohen, James Aloisi, Jeffrey Mullan, Richard Davey)

8: Number of major project studies (Beyond Lechmere, Expanded Environmental Notification Form, Draft Environmental Impact Report, Final Environmental Impact Report, Historical and Architectural Resource Study, Support Facility Alternatives Analysis, Environmental Assessment, Mystic Valley Parkway Community Visioning Study)

9: Number of bidders for Phase I construction contract (widening the rail bridges over Harvard Street in Medford and over Medford Street in Somerville, and demolishing the MBTA building at 21 Water Street in Cambridge)

$12.9 million: Low bid for Phase I construction (by Barletta Heavy Division)

$15.3 million: MBTA engineer’s pre-bid estimate on Phase I construction cost

$700 million: Total cost of Green Line Extension construction

$1.115 billion: Total cost of Green Line Extension project

7,500: Projected number of new MBTA riders due to the Green Line Extension

12,700: Total linear feet of noise barriers to be installed (2.4 miles)

25,018: Projected daily reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled due to auto trips converted to transit

49,000: Projected daily ridership at new Green Line Stations by 2030

24: Number of new Green Line cars being procured

100: Percent of stations that will offer universal access and exceed ADA standards

0: Number of homes needed to be acquired for extension

2016: Scheduled opening year for Lechmere, Union Square and Washington Street stations

2019: Scheduled opening year for Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square and College Avenue stations

###???: Opening year for Mystic Valley Parkway Station

– Ken Krause, Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance