STEP is a community group dedicated to
improving transportation in Somerville, MA.
We advocate for the Green Line extension,
a more livable city, and public health issues.

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October 20, 2014

Vote No on Question 1

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership is writing you to urge you to VOTE NO on Ballot Question 1 on Election Day, November 4, 2014. By voting no you want the legislation passed in 2013 indexing the gas tax to inflation to remain in effect.

After many years of advocacy and terrific community support, Somerville is benefiting from major transportation improvements. The new Orange Line station at Assembly Square is open. While the MBTA and MassDOT are committed to extend the Green Line Extension and Community Path these projects could be delayed or even jeopardized if the Commonwealth does not have a stable source of funding for transportation infrastructure.

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October 18, 2014

More artists selected for Green Line Extension Art Program


MassDOT announced that it has selected five artists for the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art Program. Out of 70 submissions, there are five artists whose work will become an integrated part of four of the new GLX stations (Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square & College Avenue). They will work directly with the design team architects in the incorporation of artwork in the stations.

The artists are Beth Galston, Nancy Selvage, Aaron Stephan, Matt Trimble, and Christine Vaillancourt.

October 04, 2014

Green Line station designs almost final, opening dates slip

The Green Line Extension Working Group met on Thursday and heard some important updates on the project. The good news is that the station designs for Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square (referred to as Phase 2) are at 90%, and the other stations (Phase 4) are at 60% design.

The bad news is that the schedule has slipped a bit from earlier promises. What we're hearing now:

  • Phase 2 early construction is now approved to proceed.
  • Nov 2015: Phase 4 construction begins.
  • Dec 2017: Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square stations open. (Formerly estimated for 2016 or early 2017.)
  • Summer 2020: Other stations open. (Formerly estimated for 2019.)

There was also discussion about the overall cost estimate, sustainability of the project, and Tufts development. Hop over to MGNA for detailed meeting notes.

October 02, 2014

Green Line construction update

On Sept 18, MassDOT held a public hearing about what's coming up with the Green Line construction. You can now download the presentation, which includes information on the funding timeline, an update on current construction, and details on upcoming construction.

September 14, 2014

Cost of Green Line Extension rises

The latest estimates are in, and the Green Line Extension will likely cost $1.6 billion, with an additional budget cushion increasing that potential total to $2 billion. (Of course, the project would have been cheaper if it were built to its original deadlines, 2011 or 2014!)

Boston Globe: "Green Line extension cost is going up several million dollars"

September 03, 2014

Photos: The new Assembly stop is open!

Here are some photos from the opening ceremony yesterday.

Assembly stop opening

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August 30, 2014

New Assembly Square station opens Tuesday!

The new Orange Line stop is MBTA's first new rapid-transit station in 27 years. Construction is expected to continue through November, but the stop will be open starting Tuesday.

There will be a neighborhood walk and an opening ceremony in the afternoon with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey and local officials. Read the details.

August 15, 2014

New Orange Line station almost ready

Boston Magazine: "The New Assembly Row MBTA Stop Is Opening Soon"
An MBTA official confirmed Friday that the new Assembly Square T Station will be welcoming riders to the Assembly Row mixed-use redevelopment site real soon, so they can shop, peruse the Legoland display, and check out an array of eateries, without having to rely on a car to get there. "It will be open to the public within a few weeks," said T spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

July 26, 2014

State proposes projects to make up for Green Line delay

The Green Line Extension was originally supposed to open in 2011. Well, that didn't happen. So the State promised end of 2014 in a new legal agreement. Well, that won't happen either. It will be 2017 before any new stations open.

However, in that legal agreement, the State agreed to implement interim offset measures in case they missed the 2014 deadline. The idea is that they would find other projects that would have the same environmental benefits as the Green Line would have if it had opened on time.

An MBTA internal working group has now announced the interim offset projects that they are recommending to the DEP. They were listed in the 2014 SIP status report:

  • Additional off-peak service along existing routes serving the GLX corridor, including the Green Line, and bus routes 80, 88, 91, 94 and 96.
  • In conjunction with the increased bus service, MassDOT proposes a 20% increase in off-peak Green Line service. This program will provide additional service to Lechmere Station.
  • Purchase of 142 new hybrid electric vehicles for The RIDE.
  • Additional park and ride spaces at the Salem and Beverly intermodal facilities.

On the one hand, it's disappointing that all the projects won't benefit the Somerville Green Line corridor. On the other hand, we're getting the Community Path fully built!

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