March 05, 2014
Yesterday afternoon at a meeting with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, community leaders and advocates learned that the Federal government will recommend the Green Line Extension project for New Starts funding, including $100 million for fiscal year 2015, starting September 1, 2014! MassDOT and the MBTA still have substantial work ahead in documenting the project and the state's long-term ability to fund its operations. GLX is the highest priority transit project in Massachusetts and extremely cost effective in delivering new ridership and environmental benefits compared with other new transit proposals here and elsewhere.
Boston.com: "Rep. Capuano hails funding for Green Line in Obama budget proposal"
The funding has been included in the president's fiscal 2015 budget, Capuano said, calling it "an important step in securing the federal funding necessary....I strongly support this project and will continue working with state and federal officials to advance it," Capuano said in a statement. "The environmental and economic benefits of extending the Green Line are tremendous and residents are overwhelmingly in support of it."
February 26, 2014
What will riding the Green Line extension look like? Check out this simulation of a ride from the new Lechmere station to College Ave, as shown at a Feb 24 public meeting. Randy Henke, Director of Design for AECOM/HNTB, provides the narration.
February 13, 2014
Boston.com: "Report warns of rent hikes along Green Line route in Somerville"
"A report about the housing impact of extending the Green Line into Somerville is warning that rents could skyrocket by as much as 67 percent in some areas and put lower-income residents at risk of being displaced."
Somerville Journal: "Study: GLX could jack up some rents in Somerville by up to 67 percent"
"That study confirmed concerns of many residents - that the promise of better transportation would likely drive up rents and increase the number of condos in the city, and that Somerville needs more affordable housing."
ResiStat Somerville: "Getting ready for the Green Line: A look at housing and affordability"
"Fortunately, we haven’t waited in addressing these looming issues. The City has implemented a number of affordability initiatives and we are continually researching and developing new options. That's why right now, community discussions on affordability are currently underway."
See for yourself: Download the full report.
February 08, 2014
Boston.com: "New report to be released on neighborhood change stimulated by Green Line extension"
"As Somerville's appeal continues to grow and more young professionals and families look to Somerville as a place to live, work, play and raise a family, we must continue to protect those long-term residents who chose this city years ago while welcoming new additions to our community," said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. "Housing costs are rising across the region, but in Somerville we will not stand by and let our lower=income or our working middle class families get pushed out."
January 22, 2014
MassDOT and the MBTA are looking for artists who'd like to apply to contribute public art to the future Green Line stations. They've released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) focused first on the Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St stations, and are accepting submissions until Feb 20. Learn more on the official Green Line site.
January 15, 2014
Somerville Journal: "New noise barriers coming for train tracks in Somerville"
"Because the existing commuter rail must be moved over to make room for the Green Line tracks, workers will have to cut into the dirt slopes on either side, necessitating retaining walls, said Mike McBride, a senior program manager for the Green Line Extension project at contractor HDR....New sound barriers will also be needed along the path of the Green Line Extension through Union Square, said Jason Ross of sound firm HMMH, in most cases because the commuter rail will be passing closer to some homes, causing a few extra decibels of noise in what is now a 60-65 decibel zone."
Somerville Times: "Noise and retaining walls subject of Green Line Extension meeting"
January 10, 2014
The draft of the $12.4 billion capital investment plan by Gov. Patrick's administration includes $1.3 billion for the Green Line extension. It's a blueprint and although there's no guarantee that all the projects in the plan will get funding, it's a another good sign for the Green Line. This plan continues to assume that about half of the Green Line costs will come from federal New Starts funding.
The plan also includes a long-term vision and map for what the MBTA system might look like in 2024. Continue for the full map and press coverage.
January 08, 2014
"Green Line Planners in Discussions with Track Abutters"
"There are about 470 parcels of private property along the MBTA's right-of-way that will be directly affected by construction of the Green Line in Cambridge, Somerville and Medford....Of those, more than 200 parcels contain single-family, two-family or three-family homes....Along the tracks, Green Line builders will construct retaining walls, and where tracks are close to homes, they'll build noise walls."
December 06, 2013
Boston Globe: "Somerville poised to grow along Green Line"
"Curtatone said the Green Line extension is not the city's panacea. But the mayor - who recently announced a drop in property taxes for residents because of business growth - said the new subway stations will help create jobs, housing, and strengthen the infrastructure that will allow long-timers to stay. 'We want rising tides and to raise prosperity for everyone,' he said."
Boston Globe: "A game-changer for Somerville"
"Somerville is demonstrating what modern city-building looks like: locally focused, reliant on public transit, and grounded in entrepreneurial culture."