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Lechmere station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 28, 2014

Tuesday, Oct 28, 6-8 pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge (map)


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Oct STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 27, 2014

Monday, Oct 27, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Vote No on Question 1

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 20, 2014

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.


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More artists selected for Green Line Extension Art Program

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 18, 2014

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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.


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Green Line station designs almost final, opening dates slip

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 4, 2014

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 …


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Green Line Working Group meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 2, 2014

Thursday, Oct 2, 4-6 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Green Line construction update

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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 con…


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Green Line art public meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept 30, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Sept STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 22, 2014

Monday, Sept 22, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Green Line construction public meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 18, 2014

Thursday, Sept 18, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Cost of Green Line Extension rises

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 14, 2014

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 d…


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Photos: The new Assembly stop is open!

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 3, 2014

Here are some photos from the opening ceremony yesterday.


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New Assembly Square station opens Tuesday!

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 30, 2014

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 aftern…


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New Orange Line station almost ready

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 15, 2014

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…


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August STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 11, 2014

Monday, Aug 11, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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State proposes projects to make up for Green Line delay

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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 lega…


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STEP talks transportation at ArtBeat!

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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 p…


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McGrath Highway public meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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Green Line accessibility public hearing

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 6-8 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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June STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 30, 2014

Monday, June 30, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Virtual ride on the future Community Path

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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 …


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May STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Community Path design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Boston Globe on the Green Line’s impact on real estate

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 9, 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 t…


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State will build the full Community Path with the Green Line Extension!

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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 wi…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Artists selected for Green Line Extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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 …


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Spotlight on the Green Line as a sustainable project

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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.”


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Take a look at the public art finalists for the Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on 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…


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Boston Globe on rents after the Green Line

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“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 proje…


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Green Line Art Program Public Meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Videos of riding the future Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 13, 2014

All aboard! Check out these 3D simulations (published by MassDOT) of what it will look like to ride the Green Line Extension. Each video starts at the new Lechmere station, with the first going to College Ave and the second to Union Square. Is it open …


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Green Line Design/Construction Working Group meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 4-6 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Senate passes bond bill including Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 8, 2014

Yesterday the Senate passed the Transportation Bond Bill, which includes authorization of $1.3 billion in state funding for the Green Line Extension. While that’s enough to cover the entire anticipated price tag of the project, the state is also submit…


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More coverage of Green Line in Obama’s budget

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 6, 2014

Somerville Journal: “Feds propose $100M for GLX in Somerville”
“Somerville owes thanks to President Obama and Congressman Michael Capuano for committing in this budget to economic and environmental justice for our residents and to smart, long-term infr…


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Green Line included in Obama’s budget proposal

Posted by at 12:00 am on March 5, 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…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Simulation of riding the future Green Line

Posted by at 12:00 am on 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.


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 24, 2014

Monday, Feb 24, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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GLX noise/walls: Broadway to Winthrop St

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Monday, Feb 24, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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Report warns of potential housing cost increases with Green Line extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on 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.

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Report and workshop on neighborhood impacts of Green Line

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 8, 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, …


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GLX noise/walls: Glass Factory Condos/Lechmere

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 4, 2014

Tuesday, Feb 4, 6-8 pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 27, 2014

Monday, Jan 27, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Public art sought for Green Line

Posted by at 12:00 am on 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, an…


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GLX noise/walls: Lowell St to Broadway

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Wednesday, Jan 22, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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GLX noise/walls: Medford St to Lowell St

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 15, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 15, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Noise and retaining walls coming along with Green Line

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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 …


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GLX noise/walls: Washington St to Medford St

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 14, 2014

Tuesday, Jan 14, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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MassDOT releases five-year investment plan with Green Line extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on 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 …


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Somerville Patch: Impact on Green Line abutters

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 8, 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, m…


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GLX noise/walls: Inner Belt/Brickbottom/Union Square

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Wednesday, Jan 8, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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The Green Line’s potential impact on Somerville

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 6, 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 subwa…


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Motor vehicle pollution a major contributor to American deaths

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 27, 2013

Two recent independent studies now suggest that simply living near major roadways and breathing harmful emissions from motor vehicles might be an even greater threat to U.S. health than accidents are. Read more.


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Green Line extension plans – as far back as 1923

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 24, 2013

From the 1923 “Annual Report of the Public Trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway”:

“Looking elsewhere to the north, the present transfer station at Lechmere Square, itself part of a decided improvement in the former service between Boston and Cambri…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on November 18, 2013

Monday, Nov 18, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 28, 2013

Monday, Oct 28, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Slides from Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 16, 2013

Download this PDF for a good update on the Green Line Extension project, including upcoming design and construction milestones and the federal New Starts funding process.


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Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 3, 2013

Thursday, Oct 3, 6-7:30 pm
51 Winthrop St, Tufts University, Medford (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 30, 2013

Monday, Sept 30, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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State commits $393 million for first three Green Line stations

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 26, 2013

The Green Line Extension is one step closer to reality! The MassDOT Board unanimously approved a $393 million Intergovernmental Service Agreement (ISA) with the MBTA that will construct three new stations (Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square). Th…


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1945 map of expanded MBTA

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 8, 2013

We love this 1945 vision of an expanded MBTA, with tiny drawings of each imagined station. Imagine if the envisioned line through Somerville had been built back then? View large map.


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STEP’s letter to MassDOT on the Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 30, 2013

Comments submitted by STEP on the 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Plan

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) appreciates the opportunity to make comments on the 2014-2017 STIP. We believe that the funding in the STIP to e…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 26, 2013

Monday, Aug 26, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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Key construction firm selected for Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 29, 2013

Somerville Patch: “Construction Firm Hired for Green Line Extension”
“White Skanska Kiewit has been selected as the construction manager-general contractor for the Green Line Extension….White Skanska Kiewit is a join venture among J.F.White Contracti…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 22, 2013

Monday, July 22, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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$26 million more funding for Green Line Extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 19, 2013

Boston Globe: “MassDOT approves another $26m for Green Line Extension”
“The board approved the funding, which will be used for work on preliminary construction management design, surveying, and noise and vibration studies.”


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Green Line map updated with new station plans and 3D renderings

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 15, 2013

STEP’s map of the Green Line Extension has been updated to include many new 3D renderings and site plans as presented by MassDOT during public workshops in June. While these station designs aren’t final, they’re getting closer. Click on a station loc…


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Gov. Patrick rejects transportation finance proposal

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 2, 2013

Boston Globe: “Patrick proposes bigger gas tax in transit plan”
In rejecting the transportation financing measure the Legislature sent him, Patrick countered with a proposal to further increase the gas tax in 2017 if Massachusetts Turnpike tolls expire as scheduled….”I have said I would accept the Legislature’s $800 million a year as a big step forward, so long as that number is real. This bill does not achieve that,” Patrick said.

WBUR: “Patrick Seeks Change In Transportation Bill”

Boston Magazine: “Gov. Patrick Shoots Down Latest Transportation Funding Proposal”


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Photos of Assembly Square T station construction

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 1, 2013

Construction of the new Orange Line station at Assembly Square is moving quickly, as the following photos from Wig Zamore show. These were taken in May and June. Click for more.


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Somerville News: New Lechmere station design

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 27, 2013

Boston Globe: “New Lechmere Station design unveiled”
“Lechmere Station, which is on the green line, is going to be relocated to a new area in order to make more room for passengers at the platform. Located in East Cambridge, this MBTA station is an imp…


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Legislature passes transportation funding, likely inadequate

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Boston Globe: “State lawmakers approve transportation funding plan; Patrick threatens veto”
“State legislators have voted to approve a compromise transportation funding plan that will raise taxes to fund investment in the state’s transportation department, but Governor Deval Patrick said the amount raised by the bill is not enough.”


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Notes from College Ave station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 21, 2013

From MGNA

Here are some notes from Thursday night’s design update meeting for the College Avenue Station on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 75 people at St. Clement School in Medford.

Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn welcomed the attendees and said the pre-meeting feedback he received from residents viewing the designs on display were that they wanted the station to tie in more with the architecture of Tufts University and the surrounding area, and were concerned about the height of the station, bridge and pedestrian walkway, and with who would maintain the walkway. He also said he would like the history of the community to be reflected in the station, such as the brickmaking in the area and Stearns Village. Read more…

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College Ave station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 20, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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Notes from Lechmere station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 19, 2013

From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the new Lechmere Station on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 130 people at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

Representatives from the project management…


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Lechmere station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 18, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 6-8 pm
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St, Cambridge (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 17, 2013

Monday, June 17, 7-9 pm
VNA Community Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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State will design entire Community Path as part of Green Line Extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 14, 2013

Good news on the Community Path! During Tuesday’s station design meeting about Washington St and Union Square, the Green Line Extension design team announced that they will design the entire Community Path extension all the way to NorthPoint in Cambrid…


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Washington & Union Square stations design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Notes from Washington St & Union Square stations design meeting

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From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the Washington Street and Union Square stations on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 85 people at the Somerville Holiday Inn.

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Union Square properties purchased for Green Line station

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 7, 2013

Somerville Journal: “Somerville board acquires land for Green Line Extension”
“City officials paid a total of $4.5 million for the North Prospect Block properties, which are bordered by Prospect St. on the west, Somerville Ave. in the north, behind the…


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Somerville Journal: Gilman & Lowell St station meetings

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 6, 2013

“MBTA unveils designs for Gilman and Lowell St. stations in Somerville Green Line expansion”
“We aim to reestablish Gilman Square as a transit-focused civic, residential, and commercial location,” Deborah Fennick told meeting attendees. The architect at Fennick & McCreadie Architecture, the firm that designed the station, noted that Gilman Square had a railway service until the 1940s.


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Notes from Gilman Square & Lowell St stations design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 5, 2013

From MGNA…

Here are some notes from Tuesday night’s design update meeting for the Gilman Square and Lowell Street stations on the Green Line Extension, attended by about 90 people at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

Representa…


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Gillman & Lowell stations design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 4, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 6-8 pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Report from Ball Square station design meeting

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From MGNA…

Green Line Extension project officials unveiled a slightly relocated and reconfigured Ball Square Station design Monday night in the first of five station design update meetings taking place this month.

A final design consultant team led…


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Ball Square station design meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 3, 2013

Monday, June 3, 6-8 pm
St. Clement School
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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STEP’s letter to conference committee on transportation finance

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 30, 2013

Comments on H.3382, An Act relative to transportation finance

The Honorable Conference Committee Members:

I am writing as a citizen of the Commonwealth and as President of the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) to urge you to provide…


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Boston Globe: Green Line Extension progress

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 22, 2013

“Green Line Extension moves toward key milestones”
“Although federal funding remains up in the air, state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey has remained committed to fully funding the entire project….If the state loses out on a federal New Start…


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Happy birthday STEP

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 21, 2013

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STEP’s 10th year anniversary party & annual meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 20, 2013

Monday, May 20, 7-9 pm
Precinct
70 Union Square (map)


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Celebrate STEP’s 10th anniversary!

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 17, 2013

STEP

Ten years ago STEP came into existence to advocate for better transportation options in Somerville. One big focus was to ensure that the Commonwealth meets its legal obligation to construct the Green Line Extension. While we are still not able to board the Green Line in Somerville, progress is being made and we will continue to work toward its completion. A new Orange Line Station will open at Assembly Square in 2014, the first new transit station in the region in 25 years.

We want to extend a special invitation to you for your advocacy and work on the Green Line Extension and other important Somerville transportation improvements to celebrate our anniversary with us on May 20th – at Precinct in Union Square (back room) 7:30 – 9:00 pm for music, appetizers, and cash bar.

Before the festivities, we will hold our annual meeting from 7:00 – 7:30 to vote in steering committee officers for the coming year, pay annual dues, and other administrative business.


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Grounding McGrath recommendations

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 15, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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Groundbreaking for Community Path extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 14, 2013

Many were on hand Monday to celebrate the extension from Cedar Street to Lowell Street. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.


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Green Line Extension open house

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 9, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 5-7 pm
GLX Project Office, 2nd floor
100 Summer St, Boston (map)


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Green Line bridge construction underway

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 6, 2013

Phase I work is underway, including utility work and excavation support work northeast of Harvard Street Bridge in Medford.


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 29, 2013

Tuesday, April 29, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Tell legislators you want a real solution for transportation financing!

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 8, 2013

It is a critical time to let your legislators know that you want a real solution to the state’s transportation finance situation to address current fiscal needs, meet needed Chapter 90 funds for cities and towns, address state of good repair needs, p…


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Great perspectives on the transportation funding challenge

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 6, 2013

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance: “Half a loaf: the Legislature’s transportation plan”
“I believed that we had the chance to set a visionary course for a post-Big Dig transportation system. It’s like having the opportunity to invest in an exciting new business, but instead you just pay off one of your credit cards.”

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center: “The Joint Ways & Means Transportation Proposal”

Conservation Law Foundation: “MA Transportation Funding Framework: More (or really less) to the supposedly budget-minded proposal than meets the eye”
“The framework would not cover the maintenance of our transportation system, nor keep it in a state of good repair, let alone allow for any investment in modernization.”

CommonWealth Magazine: “Fear and loathing on the tax trail”
“Census data show that, as a share of their income, Massachusetts residents pay an exceedingly average tax bill. The Bay State’s overall tax bill falls squarely in the middle of the 50 states.”

State Senator Pat Jehlen’s newsletter
“I believe the Green Line Extension will be built anyway because it is legally required under the legal agreement between the state and Conservation Law Foundation to mitigate the Big Dig, and under the State Improvement Plan which is enforceable by the federal government under the Clean Air Act. But if we don’t have an adequate plan to get to a state of good repair, the federal government will turn down our application for $550 million in federal New Starts money. As I told the Globe, that will leave the state to pick up the whole $1.3 billion tab, leaving little for other projects or other needed repairs.”


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More coverage of inadequate transportation funding plan, including potential veto

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 4, 2013

Boston Globe: “Legislative transportation plan puts Green Line grant at risk, MBTA says”
“State House News Service reported that Patrick administration officials were warning that the legislative plan would eventually force ‘steep’ fare and toll hikes …


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Legislative plan could endanger Green Line funding

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 3, 2013

Boston Globe: “MBTA: Legislative transit plan would cost $500 million in Green Line project funding”
“The proposal released yesterday does not appear to provide funding for the MBTA’s ‘state of good repair,’ work, meaning the Federal Transit Administra…


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State legislature puts forward “woefully inadequate” transportation funding plan

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 2, 2013

Boston Globe: “Mass. legislative leaders unveil $500m tax plan to shore up transportation system”
The plan, while it represents a significant tax increase, falls far short of the $1.9 billion tax hike that Governor Deval Patrick has been seeking and wo…


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State wants to throw out Green Line lawsuit

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 26, 2013

Boston Globe: “State looks to have Green Line Extension lawsuit thrown out”
The state is seeking to have a lawsuit against the Green Line Extension Project thrown out, arguing that its main complaints surround a portion of the project that has not been…


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Green Line Phase 1 construction ramps up

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 20, 2013

Somerville News: “MBTA gets set to lay tracks”
“Contractor Barletta Heavy Division will start work this month on the first phase of the long-awaited project….An important first step in the $1.3 billion mass transit project, Phase One takes care of …


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Polls find voters open to revenues for transportation improvements

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 14, 2013

“Massachusetts voters see the potential benefits of raising additional revenue for transportation improvements and are open to several possible sources of revenue, according to a report on a series of polls and focus groups released today by MassINC an…


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Meet the Green Line construction firm

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Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Gov. Patrick files transportation bond bill, including Green Line Extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 13, 2013

The bond bill includes over $1.3 billion “for the purpose of implementing the Green Line Extension improvements; provided, that funds may be used for transportation planning, design, permitting and engineering, acquisition of interests in land, vehicle…


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Abutters’ meeting on Phase 1 Green Line construction

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 12, 2013

Summary from our friends at Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance…
Phase I of the project consists of three main elements: reconstruction of the rail bridges over Harvard Street in Medford and over Medford Street in Somerville to accommodate the e…


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STEP meeting

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Tuesday, March 12, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Transportation Secretary defends Green Line Extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 6, 2013

Boston Globe: “Davey defends transportation plan, renews commitment to Green Line extension”
On the Green Line extension, a project that broke ground last year and intends to extend the line through Somerville to a terminal stop in Medford by 2020, Dav…


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Transportation finance forum

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Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Century Bank
400 Mystic Ave, Medford (map)


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Green Line abutters meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm
St. Clement School cafeteria
579 Boston Ave, Medford (map)


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State Senator Pat Jehlen on transportation

Posted by at 12:00 am on March 3, 2013

Somerville Journal: “Transportation key to Somerville’s future”
“We now have a unique opportunity to restore our transportation system and we must not let it pass. With crumbling roads and bridges, severely outdated MBTA vehicles, and the specter of fu…


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Assembly Square T stop under construction

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 27, 2013

Here’s a recent photo showing the Orange Line tracks temporarily diverted while the station construction gets underway.


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Green Line Extension status report

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 20, 2013

MassDOT’s February status report for the Green Line Extension is out, and MGNA has written up a great summary:

Phase I Construction
The MBTA issued a Notice to Proceed to Barletta Heavy Construction on January 31, 2013. The contractor will be introduc…


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Grounding McGrath Working Group meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 13, 2013

Wednesday, Feb 13, 4-6 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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Somerville by Design concepts for Ball, Magoun, and Gilman Squares

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 10, 2013

The City of Somerville has posted the presentation from last month’s Somerville by Design meeting, including sketches and renderings based on community input. Download the presentation.


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on February 4, 2013

Monday, Feb 4, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Somerville Citizen Transportation Update

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 30, 2013

On SCATV, Wig Zamore, representing STEP, MVTF, MBTA ROC, and Logan CAC and Health Study, speaks with Ellin Reisner, President of STEP, and Lynn Weissman, Co-President of Friends of the Community Path about the progress of various transportation project…


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Medford obstructionists file lawsuit over Green Line Extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 29, 2013

Be sure the read the comments on the following articles. The vast majority of area residents want the Green Line!

Boston Globe: “Medford residents file suit over Green Line Extension”
“Medford residents Bill Wood and Carolyn Rosen have sued the state …


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 28, 2013

Monday, Jan 28, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Gov. Patrick’s transportation plan is good news for the Green Line extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 15, 2013

Somerville Patch: “Patrick Presents Ambitious Transportation Plan With Green Line Implications”
“The federal government, in accepting the Green Line Extension into the first stages of its New Starts program, which could fund much of the project, said o…


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Gov. Patrick’s transportation plan is good news for the Green Line extension

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Somerville Patch: “Patrick Presents Ambitious Transportation Plan With Green Line Implications”
“The federal government, in accepting the Green Line Extension into the first stages of its New Starts program, which could fund much of the project, said o…


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Inspiring vision of the future comes from Somerville By Design

Posted by at 12:00 am on January 9, 2013

Somerville By Design

On Jan 8, city planners presented the results of the Somerville By Design process, envisioning future neighborhoods that will be getting new Green Line stops. The focus was Gilman Square, Lowell Street and Ball Square stations.

Somerville Journal: “Somerville planners outline walkable city vision”
The design strategy and process was outlined by DC resident and author of “Walkable City,” Jeff Speck, Principal at Speck & Associates and a consultant to the city helping to design new mixed-use, transit-oriented, walkable neighborhoods. Displaying photos from a chic walkway in Amsterdam to a blighted streetscape in Las Vegas, Speck said Somerville is already well on its way to becoming America’s most walkable city, as Mayor Joe Curtatone envisions.

Somerville Scout: “Somerville’s proposed Green Line makeover”
George Proakis, Somerville’s planning director, introduced Speck to more than 100 attendees at the Tuesday night gathering. “I’m incredibly impressed with the turnout,” Proakis says, adding that it’s extremely important for the community to shape the future of neighborhoods potentially affected by the proposed Green Line extension.

Somerville Patch: “Magoun Square Could Get ‘Naked’ … in a City Planning Kind of Way”
A “naked intersection” in Magoun Square, a tower in Gilman Square and a new bridge lined with storefronts in Ball Square: Those were some of the ideas presented Tuesday night for the future of those city squares.


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Latest Community Path design

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 19, 2012

Download the presentation from the Dec 11 public meeting, which shows the proposed route of the Path from Lowell St to Inner Belt.

Somerville News: “A large turnout gathers for discussion of the Community Path and GLX”


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Great summary of the transportation funding challenges and solutions

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 15, 2012

James Aloisi’s three short articles have excellent background information on our state’s increasingly dire transportation finance crisis, as well as thoughtful proposed solutions that go well beyond previous efforts that merely kicked the can down the …


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Mayor Curtatone on the Green Line Extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 14, 2012

Somerville News: “For the Green Line, a milestone; for Assembly Square, an upgrade”
“Despite the delays and the doubters, despite all the foot-dragging and hand-wringing by opponents of transportation investment, the people of this city have won a majo…


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Photos from the Green Line construction kickoff

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 13, 2012

Representative Denise Provost


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Kickoff ceremony for Green Line Extension construction!

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 12, 2012

A good day for Somerville! Politicians, residents, and businesses gathered yesterday to celebrate the kickoff of Phase 1 construction of the Green Line Extension.

“Today, we’re here to reaffirm our commitment to seeing this project get under way. Fo…


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Community Path meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 11, 2012

Tuesday, Dec 11, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 10, 2012

Monday, Dec 10, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Updates from Green Line Design Working Group meeting

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 7, 2012

The Green Line Extension Design Working Group met on Nov 15 and got an overview of station designs, including new renderings of the future Lechmere station. (Our Green Line map is updated with the latest images and plans.)

We also met members from the…


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A visual summary of why better transportation keeps you healthy

Posted by at 12:00 am on December 2, 2012

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


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Somerville Journal: Community Path bridge

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 29, 2012

“Somerville, Cambridge weigh Inner Belt bridge for Community Path”
“We still do not have a complete and safe route to Cambridge and Boston that is agreed to by all parties and funded,” says Alan Moore, co-president of Friends of the Community Path, whi…


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Perhaps the state is finally getting serious about sustainable transportation funding?

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 17, 2012

Boston Globe: “Mass. tax hike on the table for roads and transit”
Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly $1 billion a year, Governor Dev…


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Utility lines force MBTA to revisit Ball Square station design

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 15, 2012

From MGNA…
The MBTA Green Line Extension project team is working to modify the Ball Square station design in Medford to accommodate an unexpectedly problematic NStar electrical line.

At a meeting of the GLX Design Working Group Thursday night at Tuf…


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What if the new Green Line trains looked like this?

Posted by at 12:00 am on November 13, 2012

New Green Line trains?


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 22, 2012

Monday, Oct 22, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Station area planning: Gilman, Lowell, and Ball

Posted by at 1:00 am on October 17, 2012

Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Armory
191 Highland Ave (map)


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Bond for Union Square Green Line land and planning

Posted by at 12:00 am on October 13, 2012

Somerville Patch: “Aldermen Authorize $8 Million Bond for Union Square Green Line Site”
Most of the bond – $6 million of it – would go toward acquiring land, between Prospect Street, Somerville Avenue and Allen Street, for the station and accompanying …


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Somerville Journal on Capuano’s Green Line criticism

Posted by at 12:00 am on October 12, 2012

“Somerville Congressman Capuano continues criticism of Green Line Extension”
“This is not easy, it’s very, very hard,” Pat Jehlen told the Journal in an interview. “That’s why we have to do it together, so we need the support of the public and business…


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"Somerville by Design" planning initiative envisions Green Line Extension

Posted by at 12:00 am on October 10, 2012

Somerville Patch: “City Wants to Make Zoning Laws Less Byzantine, Plan for Green Line”
The city of Somerville is launching a urban planning initiative called “Somerville by Design,” which will kick off with a “visioning session” on Oct. 17.


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 24, 2012

Monday, Sept 24, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Study on traffic pollution and child asthma

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Science Daily: “Near-Roadway Air Pollution a Major Contributor to Asthma in Los Angeles County, Research Finds”
“Our findings suggest that there are large and previously unappreciated public health consequences of air pollution in Los Angeles County an…


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MassDOT Public Transit System Improvements

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 18, 2012

Tuesday, Sept 18, 1:30 pm & 5 pm
MassDEP Headquarters
Washington Street Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Rooms A, B, & C
One Winter St, Boston (map)


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$45 million contract awarded for Green Line Extension design

Posted by at 1:00 am on September 13, 2012

The MassDOT Board of Directors approved a contract for final design and preliminary engineering work on the Green Line Extension. It was awarded to a joint venture of AECOM Technical Services and HNTB Corporation. Construction on Phase I of the project…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 13, 2012

Monday, Aug 13, 7:30-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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The Community Path moves forward – but not enough

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 8, 2012

Somerville Journal: “Somerville Community Path being extended – somewhat”
“We need MassDOT to fully fund Community Path construction as part of the Green Line Extension, or as mitigation for delays,” Weissman said.


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Somerville agreement with MBTA and MassDOT keeps Union Square station on track

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 3, 2012

Somerville Patch: “Agreement Says Union Square Green Line Station Operational by 2017″
“According to the announcement, the city will purchase land in Union Square for the station and then grant a permanent easement to the MBTA.”

Boston Globe: “Somer…


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Green Line Annual Status Report covers Phase 1 construction

Posted by at 1:00 am on August 1, 2012

By Ken Krause of MGNA…

Groundbreaking for Phase I construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX), and the hiring of a new team to complete engineering and design work are among the milestones anticipated for the project this fall, according to a rep…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Infographic on the benefits of public transportation

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From The Atlantic…


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STEP at ArtBeat

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 22, 2012

Thanks to all who visited our booth at ArtBeat yesterday – and to all who stand with us to support the Green Line Extension! Click below for photos.


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MBTA seeking bids for Green Line work

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 17, 2012

From our friends at MGNA…

The MBTA today began to solicit bids for Phase I of the Green Line Extension project with an advertisement in the Boston Globe.


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Green Line Extension gets federal approval on environmental study

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 13, 2012

Boston Globe: “Feds approve Green Line Extension environment plan”
“Without the environmental thumbs-up, the project would lose a shot at $557 million in federal New Starts grants requested by the state and currently under review by the Federal Transit…


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Update on Tufts/STEP transportation health study

Posted by at 1:00 am on July 7, 2012

Tufts Medicine Magazine: “Big Road Blues: Living Near a Highway Can Be Bad for Your Health in a Million Small Ways” (PDF)
“The goal of the study, expected to wrap up a year from now, is to understand how vehicular pollution affects the health of people…


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STEP’s Ellin Reisner honored as 2012 Unsung Heroine

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 28, 2012

Somerville Journal: “5 questions with Somerville Unsung Hero Ellin Reisner”
The Unsung Heroines, who were identified by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women working in partnership with state legislators, are extraordinary women whose wor…


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StreetTalk: How overpasses are so 1950′s

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 7-9 pm
Brickbottom Artists Building
1 Fitchburg St (map)


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MBTA lists possible interim offset projects

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 25, 2012

Because the State will miss its legal deadline to open the Green Line Extension in 2014, it’s obligated to implement additional projects that will provide equivalent clean air benefits until the Green Line does open. These interim offset projects need…


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Rep. Capuano discourages fighting for the entire Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 22, 2012

Somerville Journal column: “Time for ‘adult conversation’ on Somerville Green Line Extension”
“The options are clear – either we roll the dice for an all-or-nothing approach and hope the legislature and future governors are committed to the GLX, or we …


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MBTA funding problems are a public health issue

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 19, 2012

Boston Globe: “Public transit ills called a health issue”
“You can get a significant amount of your recommended daily physical activity by simply walking to the local bus or T stop,” said Maddie Ribble, director of policy and communications for the Mas…


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 7-9 pm
VNA Assisted Living Facility (Community Room)
259 Lowell St (map)


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Green Line enters federal New Starts pipeline, funding options considered

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 11, 2012

Somerville Patch: “Green Line Extension Takes Step Forward With Feds”
“The Green Line Extension has permission from the administration to enter the ‘preliminary engineering’ phase of planning. This puts the proposed Green Line Extension on a master lis…


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Construction method approved for Green Line

Posted by at 1:00 am on June 4, 2012

Somerville Patch: “House Approves Non-Traditional Green Line Construction Method, Says State Rep”
The Construction Manager/General Contractor model has been used for buildings in Massachusetts, “but not for transportation projects,” State Rep. Denise P…


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McCarthy Overpass/McGrath Hwy community meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 6-8 pm
Argenziano School
290 Washington St (map)


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Gov. Patrick speaks in support of Green Line Extension

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Somerville Patch: “Patrick Affirms Support for Green Line Extension After Somerville Campaign Visit”
“I want the project to happen … and it’s obligated [to happen],” he said. He said federal rules require the state to have a clear plan for completing…


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Details on Green Line retaining walls and noise barriers

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 30, 2012

MassDOT has posted its presentation on retaining walls and noise barriers, from the May 22 public hearing.


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Fred Salvucci on MBTA finances

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 29, 2012

Boston Globe: “Massport should help solve T mess”
“Forward Funding dumped billions of dollars of state debt on to the MBTA, and assumed without reason that growing costs of service expansion into lower-density suburbs could be supported on a tax base t…


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Stop MassDOT from repairing Somerville’s McCarthy overpass

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 24, 2012

A Somerville Journal guest column…

It seems like the same old story for our city. The state continues delaying the long-promised Green Line but pushes unwanted repair of the McCarthy overpass ahead of completing the planning study to remove the over…


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Assembly Square T stop construction underway

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Somerville Patch: “Bus Diversions on Orange Line to Begin in June”
Construction on the new Assembly Square Orange Line stop, which has already begun, will lead to periodic bus diversions on the subway line beginning in June and lasting until the statio…


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Assembly Square Orange Line community meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 23, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
Michael Capuano Early Childhood School
150 Glen St (map)


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Public meeting on Green Line retaining/noise walls

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 22, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 pm
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St (map)


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STEP meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 7-9 pm
SCAT meeting room
90 Union Square (map)


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Funding approved toward Route 16 Green Line stop

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 16, 2012

Somerville News: “Boston MPO approves funding for Route 16 GLX stop”
“The MPO recently approved $8.1 million worth of funding to go toward the research, development and construction of a Rt. 16 Green Line stop as part of the Green Line Extension Projec…


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Green Line contract approved amid cost concerns

Posted by at 1:00 am on May 2, 2012

Statehouse News Service: “T board briefed on worker assaults, discusses Green Line project costs”
“Board members also approved a $19 million contract to Gilbane Building Company/HDR Engineering Inc. for design and engineering services for the Green Lin…


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New Somerville transportation working group

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 23, 2012

Boston Globe: “Panel to examine Somerville transportation systems”
The 13-member Transportation Research, Innovation and Planning group includes current elected officials, police, community groups, and consultants, and will have a broad mandate to reco…


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New images of Green Line stations

Posted by at 1:00 am on April 1, 2012

At two pubic hearings in March, MassDOT revealed revised site plans and 3D renderings of the future Green Line stations for Gilman Square, Lowell St, Ball Square, and College Ave. To view the large images, go to our interactive map and click on the s…


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MBTA proposes 23% fare hike, no Somerville service cuts

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 28, 2012

Boston Globe: “MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed”
“I can’t emphasize enough this is a one-year solution. And all things being the same, we will be back in the same position a year from now, looking at service cuts an…


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STEP letter on McGrath overpass repair and de-elevation

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 25, 2012

Sent to the Board of Directors of MassDOT

As residents of Somerville advocating for good transportation for our city and the region, we are writing to express our dismay over the rush to repair the McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway. It was with…


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Slides from Green Line designers/contractors meeting

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 21, 2012

On February 27, MassDOT held a meeting for potential Green Line extension designers and contractors. Download the slides for more details on construction phases and the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process.


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Richard Davey on Green Line extension

Posted by at 1:00 am on March 7, 2012

Somerville News: “MassDOT Secretary talks GLX plan”
“The FTA and the administrator, Peter Rogoff, are well aware of the Green Line Extension being a top priority of the Patrick Administration, and obviously the Governor enjoys some close relationships …


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Somerville fights back against proposed MBTA cuts

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 29, 2012

Boston Globe: “MBTA hearing on cuts draws rowdy, heartfelt crowd in Somerville”
“The MBTA is a lifeline, and what the MBTA wants to do would devastate the community,” said Ronald Leaks, a community organizer for Groundwork Somerville.

Somerville Patch…


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A comic look at a non-comic situation

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 27, 2012

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Important hearing Tuesday on MBTA fare increases and service cuts

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 26, 2012

The MBTA needs to hear from you about how the proposed fare increases and service cuts will affect you and your family as well as what you want them to do to address the transportation financial crisis. Please attend the Public Hearing on February 28 a…


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Assembly Square Orange Line images and maps

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 25, 2012

Click to view maps of the area and station as well as 3D renderings. You can also download the Nov 2011 MassDOT presentation (PDF).


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Somerville Scout on Occupy protests

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 21, 2012

“Occupy Somerville protests potential MBTA cuts and fair hikes”
“The bitter debate over fare hikes and service cuts has given new and focused momentum to the Occupy movement, which has been criticized for lacking a specific agenda. In addition to talki…


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New images of Union Square and Washington St stations

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 20, 2012

At the Feb 8 pubic hearing, MassDOT revealed revised site plans and 3D renderings of these two future Green Line stations. To view the large images, go to our interactive map and click on the stations. (Or you can download MassDOT’s slides.)


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Car exhaust tied to stroke risk

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 14, 2012

Boston Globe: “Air pollution tied to stroke risk”
Car exhaust and other air pollution, even at levels considered safe by federal regulations, may substantially increase the risk of a stroke, a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center rep…


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Yup, that’s about right

Posted by at 1:00 am on February 13, 2012

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Community meeting on Green Line extension to Medford/Somerville line

Posted by at 1:01 am on November 15, 2008

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) and the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance (MGNA) are jointly hosting a community meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Green Line service


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Green Line petition for terminal stop at Route 16

Posted by at 3:45 am on June 8, 2008

Having the Green Line go to Route 16 will also serve Somerville residents so STEP hopes that you will support the goals of Green Line advocates in Somerville and Medford by signing the petition for the terminal stop at Route 16.  There are some Medford residents who opposed this location for the end of the line and want to end it the stop to be built  near Tufts.  Take a minute and sign the petition on line.…


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have your cat spayed/neutered inexpensively

Posted by at 4:58 pm on March 31, 2008

There is still time to sign up to have your cat spayed/neutered at low cost on Saturday, April 26th.


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