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5/28/13 Somerville by Design – East Somerville

Posted by a 9:01 pm on May 26, 2013

Broadway from Winter Hill to East Somerville initiative was presented last year. It is time to extend this initiative further into East Somerville. More…


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6/21, 6/26, 7/17, 8/7/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by a 4:52 pm on June 17, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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6/12/12 Statewide Day of Action for Transit Justice

Posted by a 3:42 pm on June 10, 2012

Fare hikes and service cuts hurt economically depressed areas first. Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.


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6/12/12 Boston Region MPO Public Meeting (Boston)

Posted by a 5:11 pm on June 3, 2012

The air quality determination governs whether the state is required to do all of the Green Line Extension or whether it can quit early.


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6/11/12 Transportation Summit

Posted by a 5:07 pm on

Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.

For more information, see MPO Transportation Im


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2/28/12, 2/29/12 MBTA Fare and Service Proposal Meetings

Posted by a 5:33 pm on February 13, 2012

MBTA service cuts and fare hikes hit everyone in Somerville. Come and make your views known.


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10/11/11 Key Bus Route Improvement Program: Bus Route 77

Posted by a 8:27 pm on October 9, 2011

Route 77 connects Porter Square, which adjoins Cambridge, with Harvard, Central, and Kendall Squares, along with Boston and Arlington. If you live near Porter Square, this can affect you directly.


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9/14/11 Porter Square Visioning – Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:55 pm on September 5, 2011

At this meeting, the city will present a proposed rezoning map depicting zoning changes that will allow for mixed-use development in the key gateways of the Porter and Wilson Square areas.


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11/22/10 Gilman Green Line Station Planning Walkaround

Posted by a 11:08 pm on November 20, 2010

The public is invited to make suggestions about pedestrian, bicycle, and bus access to the station, as well as safety lighting, station design, comfort, signs and area maps.


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7/28/10 Boston Region MPO Certification Review Public Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 3:42 pm on July 30, 2010

This meeting was held at 6:30 at the State Transportation Building, around the corner from the Boylston T-Stop. A half-dozen officials from the Federal transportation authorities were present, along with some translators (never called upon) and a half-dozen or so members of the MPO. Only about a half-dozen members of the public showed up, all from Somerville.


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7/28/10 Boston Region MPO Certification Review Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:00 pm on July 18, 2010

The Boston MPO must be certified by the federal government in order for the Boston area to receive federal funding for transportation improvements. Citizen input is an important part of this process.


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7/23/10 End of Comment Period on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:54 pm on June 20, 2010

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. Written comments will be accepted until July 23.


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6/30/10 Public Meeting on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:48 pm on

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. Written comments will be accepted until July 23 at holly.s.johnson@state.ma.us.


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6/21/10 Update on MBTA/BCIL Settlement Agreement

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This meeting is important because it deals with ADA accessibility throughout the MBTA system.


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 2

Posted by a 7:46 am on May 11, 2010

This meeting is important because it begins work on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 1

Posted by a 7:43 am on

This meeting is important because it provides background information on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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Transit 2.0: The Developers Initiative

Posted by a 9:40 pm on April 4, 2010

Transit 2.0: The Developers Initiative

Tues. Apr. 6 7:00 PM

Livable Streets Office
100 Sidney St.
Cambridge MA (map)

This presentation by Chris Dempsy of MassDOT will describe…


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MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 pm on March 21, 2010

MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Meeting

Mon. Mar. 29 5:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA

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Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA

Wed. Mar. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
2nd Fl Conf. Rms.
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:21 pm on March 7, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Mar. 9, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second phase 3…


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Davis Square Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 9:09 am on February 22, 2010

Davis Square Visioning Meeting

Wed. Mar. 3 6:30 PM

Tufts Administration Building (TAB)
169 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by the Office of Strategic Planning…


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Union Square Design Plan Meeting

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Union Square Design Plan Meeting

Mon. Mar. 1 6:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Office of Strategic Planning and Community…


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Davis Square Task Force Meeting

Posted by a 6:50 pm on February 14, 2010

Davis Square Task Force Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24, 7:00 PM

Tufts Administration Building (TAB)
169 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Davis…


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MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 6:49 pm on

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)…


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Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Posted by a 10:11 pm on February 8, 2010

Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Wed. Feb. 10 3:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rm. 4
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

Jan. 28, 2010 MPO


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Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Posted by a 10:09 pm on

Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Starts: Mon. Feb. 8
Ends: Thurs. Mar. 25

Amendment (PDF)

This is the beginning of the 45-day comment…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on January 31, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the rescheduling of the…


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MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:00 pm on January 18, 2010

MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Wed. Jan. 21 10:00 AM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rm. 4
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Rutherford Ave/Sullivan Square Design Project Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:55 pm on January 4, 2010

This is a public hearing on updates to the Sullivan Square Orange Line T-Stop and the surrounding area, including the Rutherford Avenue overpass. This meeting is important because the area of Somerville near Sullivan Square uses the T-Stop and is inconvenienced by the overpass.


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Community Members Set Priorities for Green Line Extension

Posted by a 2:15 pm on December 1, 2009

Community ratifies set of 11 principles for land use planning along the Green Line extension.


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89 Bus Route: Declaring Victory

Posted by a 4:35 pm on August 29, 2009

It was over a year ago, in May of 2008, that I posted to Somerville Voices my idea for changing the 89 bus route to better serve Somerville residents. My chief complaint being that there was no easy return trip from Davis Square after 7pm on weekdays and no service on weekends. Well, earlier this year the route changed for the better, and I’m declaring victory.…


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MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:11 pm on August 16, 2009

MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee Meeting

Thurs. Aug. 20, 9 AM

State Transportation Building
Conf Rms 2-3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This…


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MBTA Fare Increases and Service Cuts: Somerville Workshop

Posted by a 7:38 pm on August 9, 2009

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

MBTA Fare Increases and Service Cuts: Somerville Workshop

Thurs. Aug. 13, 5:30 PM

Auditorium
Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)…


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Change the 89 Bus Route (again)

Posted by a 10:10 pm on May 22, 2008

I’m proposing the 89 bus route be changed as shown (bigger image here):

For the reasons why read on . . .


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