Post Content

Green Line Extension Meeting, Somerville, March 2, 2016

Green Line Extension Meeting, Somerville, March 2, 2016

MassDOT and the MBTA this week held the first in a series of public meetings to consider the future of the proposed Green Line Extension and invite the public to share their ideas about the project.

The GLX project is proposed to extend the MBTA Green Line from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford. The re-evaluation of the project was launched due to significant cost overruns, and the re-evaluation is expected to be completed and submitted to the T’s Fiscal & Management Control Board in May.

The following is the schedule of remaining public meetings:

Wednesday, March 23rd, 5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House. 6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A, Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street – Medford

Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House. 6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A, Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street – Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House. 6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A, St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th, 5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House. 6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A, St. Clement’s Parish Hall, 579 Boston Avenue – Medford

MassDOT and the MBTA’s current re-evaluation of the Green Line Extension project will focus on four key areas: (1) project management; (2) redesign; (3) re-procurement; and (4) the development of a reliable cost estimate and schedule.

Review goals include revising the project schedule and design elements, with reduced capital and overall costs, and new procurement method recommendations. Physical elements of the project under reconsideration include reduced station designs, redesign of vehicle maintenance facility, reconsidering community path options, construction work hour limitations, power signals and retaining and sound walls.

The original project consisted of two distinct branches: a “mainline” branch which would operate within the existing right-of-way of the MBTA Lowell Line, beginning at a relocated Lechmere Station in Cambridge and traveling north to Medford; and a branch line operating within the existing right-of-way of the MBTA Fitchburg Line to Union Square in Somerville. Plans called for seven new stations, including the relocated Lechmere Station. A vehicle storage and maintenance facility would also be constructed. Once completed, trains would operate every five to six minutes in the peak periods, providing service to downtown Boston.

Cancelling the project must remain an option until an affordable, feasible alternative has been identified. Any decision to cancel the project must take into consideration the potential legal exposure to the Commonwealth; and costs that have already been sunk into the project.

To learn more about the project and about the meetings visit the Green Line Extension website. Questions about the project may be submitted via email to info@glxinfo.com.

Written By:

Tags: ,

Recent Posts

Champion Officially Joins MBTA Ferry Fleet posted on Oct 18

Champion Officially Joins MBTA Ferry Fleet

On October 18, the MBTA celebrated the upcoming addition of its brand new catamaran ferry, the Champion, with a boat christening ceremony of the new ferry by MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. Ramírez also met with the new vessel’s crew and MBTA ferry management   …Continue Reading Champion Officially Joins MBTA Ferry Fleet

Fitchburg: MassDOT Celebrates Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Improvements at South Street Elementary School posted on Oct 18

Fitchburg: MassDOT Celebrates Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Improvements at South Street Elementary School

MassDOT through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, today joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the operational completion of pedestrian accessibility and safety improvements at the South Street Elementary School in Fitchburg. The improvements created new infrastructure to support walking and bicycling   …Continue Reading Fitchburg: MassDOT Celebrates Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Improvements at South Street Elementary School

MBTA: Needham Line Work to be Completed Ahead of Schedule posted on Oct 17

MBTA: Needham Line Work to be Completed Ahead of Schedule

With construction crews making good progress, the MBTA announced today that the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure along the Needham Commuter Rail Line will finish on Saturday, October 21, about one month earlier than scheduled. Regular Saturday Needham Line train schedules   …Continue Reading MBTA: Needham Line Work to be Completed Ahead of Schedule