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Patrick Affirms Support for Green Line Extension After Somerville Campaign Visit

Asked if the project needs to begin while he's still in office, the governor said, "That maybe makes my role more important than it is."

Massachusetts Governor , who has campaign headquarters in the city.

After officially throwing his support behind Warren in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Scott Brown, Patrick answered brief questions from Somerville Patch about his position on the Green Line extension.

The governor affirmed his support of the transportation project.

"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 the project in the , an important report that outlines future federal transportation spending. 

Some public officials have argued it's important to begin construction on the project while Patrick is still in office.

Rep. Michael Capuano is one of them. Speaking to the in January, the congressman said that whoever replaces Patrick as governor may have a different set of priorities that could put the Green Line project in jeopardy. Patrick's second term in office ends in 2015.

"Anyone here tell me who the next governor's going to be? Because I don't know," .

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has also made similar arguments.

Asked Wednesday about that mindset, Patrick said, "That maybe makes my role more important than it is."

Joe Lynch June 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Been hearing the same thing for years now. I suppose I'm now a purist in the minority. I believed the sincerity of elected officials way back when, I no longer do. Sure I get the economic downturn changed things, but this current mode of thought (let's put in some commuter rail stops instead, let's just get Union and Washington done etc.) makes me doubt their sincerity to get what was promised: the full rapid transit buildout of the Greenline from the relocated Lechmere to Rt. 16 in Medford by the court mandated deadline. I plan to be extremely selective in the next candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.
kevin thomas crowley July 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
JOE, WOULD YOU PLEASE WRITE AN ARTICLE FOR THIS PAPER AND THE JOURNAL ON WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE RECONSTRUTION OF MAGUIN SUARE? THANKS.
Joe Lynch July 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
KEVIN, MY VIEW ON WHAT WENT WRONG IS SOMEWHAT SKEWED. MY POSTINGS ARE NOT AS FREQUENT AS SOME WHO CLAIM TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SQUARE, BUT A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME TO EXPECT A FULL BLOWN, IN-DEPTH STORY SOON. REGARDS, JOE LYNCH MAGOUN SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

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