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Green Line ExtensionMassDOT and the MBTA this week received full federal environmental approval for the Green Line Extension project, a major milestone for the project. 

The Federal Transit Administration released a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project, reaffirming its myriad environmental, mobility, economic development, and community-building benefits.  Federal environmental clearance is the culmination of several years of technical work done by MassDOT and the MBTA with close cooperation from the Cities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford, as well as the participation of hundreds of individuals and local organizations. 

The Finding of No Significant Impact is available on the Green Line Extension project website.

The release of the Finding of No Significant Impact was preceded by preliminary approval for federal funding to support the construction of the Green Line Extension.  MassDOT and the MBTA are applying for ‘New Starts’ monies from the Federal Transit Administration to fund approximately one-half of the full costs of the engineering and construction of the Green Line Extension project.  The New Starts program is one of the most competitive funding programs in the nation, and MassDOT and the MBTA have spent four years preparing application materials in support of the Green Line Extension. 

The MBTA now may be able to seek reimbursement from the Federal Transit Administration for Green Line Extension project costs.  Final authority to seek New Starts program reimbursements requires successfully competing against other public transit projects.  That requires the Green Line Extension project to clear three additional hurdles – FTA approval for entry into Final Design and then approval for Construction, followed by the execution of a Full Funding Grant Agreement.  MassDOT and the MBTA are committed to continuing to work towards that goal.

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