MGNA: Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance

Information about our green line extension.

Month: July, 2015

Broadway Bridge reopens at Ball Square

8 July, 2015 (16:13) | News | By: Editor


Announcement from the Green Line Extension Project Team: As of the end of today, July 8, Broadway Bridge in Ball Square in Somerville will be reopened to all lanes of traffic. Both sidewalks will be opened as well. The GLX contractor White Skanska Kiewit (WSK) has constructed the utility bridge structure that necessitated this lane closure, which began back in January of this year.

The next step in this Broadway utility bridge work is that Verizon will be continuing to perform cut-overs through July and will be in and out of their manholes on either side of the bridge. Eversource is also anticipated to be installing new manholes and conduit in and across Broadway and will require some lane closures during their operation – this work should commence later this month and continue through September.

Thank you for your patience cooperation during this work. It is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or


MBTA requests opinion on need for further environmental review at College Ave. Station

6 July, 2015 (10:09) | News | By: Editor


The MBTA has asked the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to determine whether additional environmental review is needed for the College Avenue Station on the Green Line Extension, due to the addition of a Tufts University academic building being planned adjacent to the station.

In its June 30 Request for an Advisory Opinion from the EEA, the MBTA said it feels the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project does not require additional environmental review, because the changes do not result in additional or different environmental impacts of the GLX. Those impacts, and associated mitigation measures, were described in the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report, which the EEA office certified in June 2010.

The EEA Secretary will determine whether the MBTA must make an additional filing under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act to address the potential impacts and mitigation resulting from the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project, including land transfers.

The MBTA has also asked the EEA to hold a public comment period on its Request for an Advisory Opinion, which is not required but may be conducted at the Secretary’s discretion.
If the Secretary concurs, the public comment period would take place from July 8 through July 28, with the Secretary issuing an advisory opinion within 20 days of the close of that comment period.

The MBTA’s Request for an Advisory Opinion letter is available on the project website.