Control Board meetings regarding the future of the Creen Line Extension project on Wicked Local Somerville:
The presentation + full report given to the MassDOT Board and MBTA Fiscal and Management
Control Board by the interim GLX team:
....It is our understanding that the new cost estimate for the GLX will retain core program elements including seven light rail transit stations including a spur to Union Square, a Vehicle Maintenance Facility, a Community Path, and related utility upgrades. With that clear understanding, it is our intention as Mayor of the City of Somerville and City Manager of Cambridge to recommend to the Somerville Board of Aldermen and the Cambridge City Council that our cities commit to underwriting project costs for specific, tangible elements that would deliver meaningful public safety and quality-of-life benefits for our residents.
After discussions with the state, the needed value of new financial participation in the GLX for the City of Somerville is projected to be $50 million and the value of the City of Cambridge’s contribution is projected at $25 million, including financial contributions from the North Point developers, to close the funding gap. Again, any contribution will be subject to Board and City Council approvals....
The page also has a link to a letter from our state legislators who are miffed that tonight's final GLX meeting was cancelled.
When I walked by there an hour ago, some people hadn't realized this and were still waiting in front of Buffalo Exchange.
Open house: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, presentation and Q&A: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Under particular scrutiny for cuts during this re-evaluation are:
- The Community Path Extension
- The GLX Union Square T-Stop
- The GLX extension to Route 16
Read what Mayor Joe Curtatone wrote last week about the importance of this meeting on Wednesday and the need to keep community pressure on the GLX project:
If you cannot attend the meeting but want to voice your support, please send email to:
email@example.com (Governor Baker's office)
firstname.lastname@example.org (MassDOT and MBTA FMCB Boards)
email@example.com (GLX project team)
For more information, please visit www.somervillestep.org
and the Friends of the Community Path
- Saturday, March 26, 2016.
- Saturday, April 2, 2016, through Sunday, April 3, 2016.
- Saturday, April 9, 2016, through Sunday, April 10, 2016.
- Saturday, April 23, 2016, through Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on Sunday, March 27, 2016, as well as the Monday after weekend shuttle bus diversions. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.
Wednesday, March 23: Tufts University, Cohen Auditorium, 40 Talbot Ave. Medford
Wednesday, April 13: Somerville High School Auditorium, Somerville
Wednesday, April 27: St. Anthony's Parish Hall, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge
Thursday, May 5: St. Clement's Parish Hall, 579 Boston Ave., Medford
Open House: 5:30 - 6:30 pm Presentation + Q&A: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
The reason the GLX has progressed as far as it has over the last decade is in no small part due to the dogged and determined advocacy for the project by the communities of Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge (including the great turnout at the public meeting on March 2nd at the Armory).
Due to the Longfellow Bridge Project, buses will replace Red Line trains between Park Street and Kendall/MIT Stations in both directions from start to end of service on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Regular Red Line train service will resume at the start of service on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
Friday, Feb 5, 10am-12pm
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave.
This meeting will be open to public comments. Please come show support for the Green Line Extension -- make sure your voice is heard as we fight for a Green Line Extension to serve our community.
You will also hear:
- Where things stand right now, including next steps and timelines
- Preliminary redesign concepts - an early peek at some of the
options they're exploring to bring down costs
- Project budget overview
Two proposals are of particular concern:
1. Eliminating the Union Square station. The substitutes considered -- shuttle buses, a commuter rail stop, single track light rail shuttle to Lechmere -- provide much less desirable service and could hamstring the planned development of Union Square / Boynton Yards. These alternatives had previously been evaluated and rejected during earlier planning.
2. Relocating the Community Path. Portions may be forced onto roadways shared with cars and trucks, and it is not clear how the Path could cross the Fitchburg Line near Brickbottom.
More info at www.somervillestep.org
CANCELLED: MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversion & Longfellow Bridge Closure
This Weekend, January 29 – February 1
MassDOT has cancelled this weekend's MBTA Red Line diversion and Longfellow Bridge closure. The remaining work will be completed during a series of night shifts instead of during a weekend diversion. The Longfellow Bridge will remain open to one lane of Boston-bound vehicles at all times this weekend, and Red Line trains will provide service during typical hours. Bicycles and pedestrians will continue to use the current travel configuration to cross the bridge.
The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using a signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Charles River Dam Road, and Edwin H. Land Boulevard.
For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. View construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the bridge will be closed to all car and bicycle traffic from Friday at 11 pm to Monday at 5 am each weekend. Bicycles and pedestrians in both directions will have to share the north-side sidewalk. More info here.
Tufts on the T
New academic building will be constructed above planned public transit station
By Laura Ferguson
The long-awaited Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford could cost as much as $1 billion more than the T’s initial budget estimates, raising doubt about whether the project will be completed.
I don't even have words for this.
from a MassDOT press release I just received:
The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) wanted to inform you of emergency overnight work scheduled for tonight and continuing possibly through the weekend.
GLX Construction activities at the School Street Bridge in Somerville interrupted power yesterday, June 24. Though power was restored yesterday, it is Eversource's intent to work around the clock from 5PM this evening until the power lines are repaired. This work will be done in conjunction with the School Street Bridge work & lane closure which began in April 2015 and should not require a full road closure.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or email@example.com.