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.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement