Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Jr. today announced that the Patrick Administration will fully fund completion of the next step in the planning process to extend the MBTA Blue Line to Lynn.
Standing next to Congressman John Tierney, local elected officials and Chamber of Commerce officials, Secretary Aloisi said the Executive Office of Transportation has committed the $300,000 necessary to complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement required for the proposal to move forward.
“Extending the Blue Line will transform Lynn, opening access to jobs for Lynn residents and access to affordable housing and commercial development for everyone," said Governor Deval Patrick. "That's why investing in public transit projects like this one is one of our foremost priorities."
“Careful analysis has shown the tremendous value to commuters and local businesses of extending Blue Line service beyond Wonderland Station to Lynn," said Secretary Aloisi, "and we are committed to moving forward on this critical project.”
Completion of the Environmental Impact Statement will include answering comments from federal and state environmental agencies and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Following FTA approval, the Executive Office of Transportation and MBTA will schedule a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Statement in Lynn.
Comprehensive analysis of public transportation improvement options by the MBTA earlier in this decade found communities south of Salem — including Lynn — would be best served by high-density transit service such as the Blue Line. The 2004 Transportation Bond Bill approved by the legislature included language to provide funding for a 50% match of federal funding for the Blue Line extension.