July 26, 2014
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!
July 22, 2014
Thanks to everyone who dropped by to visit STEP at ArtBeat this year! We had a great time talking about the coming Green Line, the about-to-open Assembly Square stop, the eventually grounded McGrath Highway, and so much more. Keep clicking for more photos.
May 24, 2014
Now that the state has agreed to build the Community Path with the Green Line extension, the conversation turns to where exactly it will go and what it will look like. Here is a 3D simulation from MassDOT that starts on West Boulevard in Cambridge and heads northwest where it will connect to the Somerville Community Path at Lowell Street.
May 09, 2014
"Will the Green Line Extension make Somerville real estate go crazy?"
"When the extension is completed with six new stops (and an Assembly Square station is added to the Orange Line this fall), 85 percent of Somerville will be within a half-mile of a transit center, up from the current 15 percent. Perfect for the brave new Walk Scoring, bike-sharing world we live in."
April 30, 2014
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced that as part of the Green Line Extension, the state will both design AND construct the multi-modal Community Path to be built along the GLX in Somerville and Cambridge.
The 1.9-mile path will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street, and the relocated Lechmere. Davey shared the good news in Somerville today alongside Mayor Joseph Curtatone, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, members of the legislature, Somerville aldermen, community members, and activists.
Kudos to our friends at Friends of the Community Path for pushing to make this happen!
Boston.com: "State to Build $39m Bike, Pedestrian Path Between Somerville, Boston"
"This project is about much more than biking and walking - it's about building a community and a region that is equitable, connected and vibrant," Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said in a statement. "When we create connections between neighborhoods and communities, economic health follows as our squares thrive, local businesses get busier and a resilient, self-sufficient economic base is built for our city and the region. That is the connectivity and vibrancy that will also help us bring back our historic neighborhoods in Somerville like Brickbottom and Inner Belt."
Keep reading for press coverage and more photos!
April 18, 2014
MassDOT has announced the three artists selected for the GLX Integrated Art Program: Mary Lucking, Randal Thurston, and Nader Tehrani. The artists were chosen from 80 submissions based in part on input from the community, and their work will be used as part of the first three new stations (Lechmere, Washington Street, and Union Square). They will work directly with the design team architects in order to have the greatest influence on the overall design of the station and incorporation of artwork. Watch for updates on the Art Program page.
April 11, 2014
Metro Magazine: "Sustainable Service: Planning a Green(er) Line for Boston"
"One of the largest infrastructure projects in the commonwealth and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA's) first expansion project in 25 years, the Green Line light rail service project in Boston is set to greatly improve sustainable public transit service in some of the region's most densely populated municipalities."
March 30, 2014
"How to make the Green Line beautiful" (Boston Globe)
"In December, with Green Line plans advancing, state Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey announced the T will again solicit art for stations, with a budget of $225,000. Artists this time won't create pieces of art but instead have a hand in designing construction features, such as fencing, tile work, and windscreens. Dozens of sculptors, painters, architects, and graphic designers applied."
"In Somerville, Green Line Extension means higher rents"
"A two-bedroom apartment near Union Square with a current market rate of $2,000, for instance, could see an increase of $265 with the Green Line station opening in 2017, according to recent projections by area planners."