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 email@example.com.
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel
Freight Rail Grants Announced posted on Apr 14
The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector …Continue Reading Freight Rail Grants Announced