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Green Line ExtensionThe MBTA in July will hold a public hearing to review an Equivalent Facilitation Request by the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project. The hearing will be held as follows:

Thursday, July 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, Somerville, Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street.

The Equivalent Facilitation Request is required as part of the project’s application for a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

“Equivalent facilitation” allows the FTA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to accommodate innovation in accessible design. It permits the development of improvements in vehicle, facility, or equipment design that provides for equal or greater accessibility but would not strictly meet the required design standards. Equivalent facilitation is covered under federal law by 49 CFR Part 37.

The GLX project has been designed to provide significant mobility and accessibility improvements within Cambridge, Somerville and Medford. A determination of equivalent facilitation is required for several isolated situations near stations where project improvements meet the existing sloping roadway conditions familiar to area residents and visitors.

The hearing on July 10 will review the GLX request and solicit public comment before it is made final and submitted to the FTA. The GLX Equivalent Facilitation Request draft is available on the GLX website:

http://greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us/documents/PubMtgs/Equivalent_Facilitation_Request.pdf.

More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website: www.mass.gov/greenlineextension.

As always, if you have any questions on the Green Line Extension Project, please email: info@glxinfo.com.

 

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