Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tour the Green Line Extension Team's new office, get updates about the project and ask questions at an open house in downtown Boston.
The Green Line Extension Team has a new office in downtown Boston, and the public is invited to check it out at an open house Thursday evening. The office, at 100 Summer St., will be home to MBTA staff, members of the HDR/Gilbane program management team, members of the design team, and representatives from the construction management/general contractor team—in short, all the folks who collaborate on the Green Line Extension project. According to an announcement from the Green Line Extension Team, members of the public are invited to tour the new office, meet staff, get updates about the project and ask questions. The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there's a project update presentation at 6 p.m., the announcement says.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Senate's proposal provides more funding than the House bill and less than the governor's plan.
There are now three official visions on the table for funding the state's transportation needs. The Massachusetts Senate, on Saturday, passed a transportation bill that would provide about $800 million for state's transportation agencies by fiscal year 2018, according to Boston.com. The news website said the Senate's package "seemed [like] a compromise between packages proposed by House legislators and Governor Deval Patrick in recent weeks." It says the bill, which passed with a vote of 30-5, would raise revenue in part from diverting money from a "little-known gas tax fund for underground storage tanks" and by having the MBTA seek licensing and naming rights on its subway, bus and commuter rail stations. Boston.com says the Senate bill …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
"The House bill just doesn't cut it," said Rep. Carl Sciortino. Said Rep. Timothy Toomey, "I could not justify voting no with the threat of fare increases and service cuts looming over the commuters, families, and seniors."
Two of Somerville's state representatives voted against a $500 transportation financing bill Monday; one voted for it. Rep. Carl Sciortino, who also represents parts of Medford, explained why he voted against the bill, saying, "It's clearly inadequate to meet the needs of the commonwealth going forward." "[A transportation bill] is a rare opportunity to make generational investments, and the House bill just doesn't cut it," he said. To put Sciortino's comments in context, the bill passed Monday by the House was at odds with a more ambitious proposal put forth by Gov. Deval Patrick, who called for $1.9 billion in new revenue to fund transportation and education initiatives in the state. Patrick had said he would veto the $500 million bill. …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A $500 million transportation financing proposal released Tuesday could impact the Green Line Extension project.
A transportation financing proposal unveiled Tuesday by leaders in the state legislature likely won't improve the MBTA's finances enough to encourage federal investment in the Green Line Extension, according to the transportation authority. The proposal would raise $500 million through gas and tobacco taxes and corporate tax changes, but it falls short of the $1.9 billion plan for transportation and education needs called for by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier in the year, according to Boston.com. According to a statement regarding the Green Line Extension sent by MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo, "The proposal released [Tuesday] does not appear to provide funding for the MBTA’s 'state of good repair' work, meaning the Federal Transit …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
In a motion, state Attorney General claims Medford couple didn't explain how project would hurt them in their suit.
The Commonwealth is attempting to have a recent lawsuit brought against the proposed Green Line Extension thrown out of court. According to court documents, the state Attorney General filed a motion last Friday in U.S. District Court to dismiss the suit brought by Dr. William Wood and Carolyn Rosen of West Medford back in January on behalf of their group, the Green Line Advisory Group of Medford (GLAM). The state Department of Transportation is listed as the defendant in the case. According to the filing, the state is arguing for dismissal based on a "lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." In addition, the state argues GLAM has failed "to allege facts sufficient to demonstrate …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The public will meet members of the construction team.
The Green Line Extension Team has planned a meeting on March 14 to inform the public about work planned for Phase 1 of the rail project. Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension, which will begin in March, according to an email from the Green Line Extension Team, consists of reconstructing the Medford Street Bridge in Somerville and the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford. It also consists of demolishing an MBTA building at 21 Water St. in Cambridge to help clear the site of the new Lechmere Station. At the March 14 meeting, the public will also meet representatives from Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., the construction company working on Phase 1. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Somerville, 30 Washington St. …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The March 5 meeting is for abutters of the Harvard Street Bridge in Medford. Another meeting about Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension will take place in coming weeks.
The Green Line Extension team is holding a meeting, on March 5, about construction of the Harvard Street Bridge, according to an email from the team. The Harvard Street Bridge is in Medford, just over the border from Somerville near Saint Clement Church. The March 5 meeting, held at the Saint Clement School cafeteria, is for abutters of construction. However, the email says there will be a broader meeting about Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension sometime in coming weeks. Phase 1 consists of reconstructing two bridges and tearing down a building. It represents about 1.5 percent of the entire cost of the Green Line Extension. The other bridge that will be reconstructed during Phase 1 is the Medford Street Bridge in Somerville. Phase 1 would…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A 14-unit condo development is proposed at the corner of Webster Avenue and Prospect Street, near the site where the Union Square Green Line station would be built.
Real estate developers Vincent and Douglas Beaudet are seeking to build a 14-unit condo building with ground-level retail at the corner of Prospect Street and Webster Avenue near Union Square—a parcel identified for redevelopment as part of the Union Square Revitalization Plan released in 2012. It's a project that, if approved, could foreshadow broader changes in an industrial section of Union Square that's pegged to be home to a new Green Line station. The site of the proposed condo building, at 70 Prospect St., is the current location of U-Save Auto & Truck Rental, which consists of a modest two-story office building and garage along with its accompanying car lot. The new condo building would be a five-story structure with a somewhat …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Two Medford residents claim project hasn't taken environmental, social aspects into account.
Medford residents Carolyn Rosen and Dr. William Wood have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration regarding the MBTA Green Line extension. The complaint, filed Jan. 18, alleges those two entities "failed to adequately address environmental issues pertaining to the human environment and its natural resources in the city of Medford" in formulating the plans for the Green Line extension, according to a statment from Rosen and Wood. In addition, the complaint "contends that civil rights of the environmental justice community and disability population of Medford have been violated throughout the Green Line Extension process," they said. …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
In the governor's tax plan, all sales taxes would be dedicated to transportation and infrastructure needs.
In his State of the Commonwealth Address, delivered Wednesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick outlined a tax proposal that he said would pay for the state's education and transportation needs. In his statements, he mentioned the Green Line Extension one of the transportation projects his plan would help fund. The plan calls to reduce sales tax in Massachusetts from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. All money from sales taxes would be dedicated a public works fund that would support transportation, school building and public infrastructure needs. In turn, the plan calls for an increase in income taxes from 5.3 percent to 6.25 percent. In regard to the state's transportation needs, the governor mentioned a number of projects, including the Green Line …