The MBTA has entered into a land exchange agreement with Pan Am Railways that will facilitate the construction and operation of the Green Line Extension by providing the Commonwealth with crucial trackage rights. This agreement will also support the advancement of the NorthPoint mixed-use development project. MassDOT and the MBTA look forward to working with the new NorthPoint development team to enhance the designs for a relocated Lechmere Station.
A new design concept has been developed for the future Brickbottom/Washington Street Green Line station. The new concept was heavily influenced by public comments received during the review periods for the Draft Environmental Impact Report and the Final Environmental Impact Report, as well as collaboration with the City of Somerville. The new design concept will shortly be posted on the Green Line Extension website.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will be hosting a second public input meeting for the Mystic Valley Parkway Community Visioning Process. This meeting will focus on topics such as traffic and parking, air quality, land acquisition, and strategies for managing neighborhood change associated with the possible extension of the Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, 6:30–9:00 PM. Please visit MAPC's website to RSVP and get meeting updates.
In addition, a series of upcoming civic engagement opportunities for the Green Line Extension project as a whole will be publicized soon. These will offer a chance to meet the members of the new design team and hear the latest design concepts and approaches for the project.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that Kate Fichter, MassDOT Green Line Extension Project Manager, has been appointed to a national research panel organized by the Transit Cooperative Research Program of the National Academies. The panel, which is titled Rail Transit Corridor Analysis: Planning and Retrofitting for Livable Communities, will convene this spring. Congratulations to Kate! As always, if you have any questions on the project, you can email Kate Fichter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22
MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August
Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station
Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20
MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations