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Green Line Extension Public Meeting on July 31

The City of Somerville and the MBTA are hosting a Green Line Extension (GLX) public meeting regarding the Medford Street Bridge Construction on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6 PM. It will be held at the Public Safety Building (220 Washington Street) in Somerville.

GLX construction is underway and will involve periodic traffic impacts near the Medford Street Rail Bridge for the next six to eight months. The MBTA and the City of Somerville will present the construction schedule for the Rail Bridge area, and all associated traffic diversions at this meeting. Also, the GLX team along with Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., Phase 1 contractor for the GLX Project, will present other information followed by a Q&A.

For more information about the GLX project, please visit this link or email the GLX team at: info@glxinfo.com.

When: Thursday July 31, 6:00 PM

Where: Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street, Somerville, MA

Green Line Extension Art Program – Info Session

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project is seeking public art submissions for the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art program. Artist selection will be made for four stations (Gilman, Lowell, Ball Square, and College Avenue) and may include elements that will be common to all stations.

Commissioned by the MBTA and the Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge Art Councils, the art program is an integral part of the design for the GLX stations, and artists are encouraged to attend a prequalification/information session on July 29, 2014 at 5:30pm at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer St., Suite 250, Boston).

All applicants will need to apply through MassDOT’s online platform, and submissions are due by midnight on Friday, August 15. Please visit this link for more information about the GLX Art Program.

Somerville Traffic Advisory: Green Line Extension Phase 1 Project Work

Beginning on Monday, July 21, 2014 for approximately three weeks, Medford Street in Somerville will be closed to traffic between McGrath Highway and Ward Street to allow for top coat painting of the Medford St. Railroad Bridge.

Pedestrians will still have access through Medford St. as one sidewalk will remain open during the duration of the closure. A map of the traffic diversion plan can be found on the GLX website here.

This work is part of the widening of the Medford Street Railroad Bridge to allow for Green Line tracks to run alongside the Commuter Rail tracks, and is an important step in bringing the Green Line to Somerville.

If you have any questions, you can reach the Green Line Extension Project via email at info@glxinfo.com or by calling 855-GLX-INFO (855-459-4636).

 

Green Line Extension Public Hearing – July 10th

The MBTA will hold a public hearing to review an Equivalent Facilitation Request by the Green Line Extension (GLX) on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The hearing will be held at the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the cafeteria.

The Equivalent Facilitation Request is required as part of the project’s application for a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

“Equivalent facilitation” permits the FTA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to accommodate innovation in accessible design. It allows the development of improvements in vehicle, facility, or equipment design that provides for equal or greater accessibility, but would not strictly meet the required design standards. Equivalent facilitation is covered under federal law by 49 CFR Part 37.

Increasing accessibility is a key goal of the GLX project, but due to sloping roadway conditions near several of the stations, there are a few isolated instances where station designs currently do not comply with design standards created by the ADA. In order to deviate from these standards, the MBTA must do so in a way that provides equivalent or greater access, and receive a “determination of equivalent facilitation” from the FTA administrator.

This hearing is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the MBTA’s application for a determination of equivalent facilitation before the MBTA formally submits it to the FTA. A draft of the application is available for review on this link.

For more information about the GLX project, please visit this link or email: info@glxinfo.com.

When: Thursday July 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Cafeteria at Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA

Green Line Extension: Community Path Meeting

The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for the Community Path on Wednesday, May 14 at the Holiday Inn in Somerville on 30 Washington Street from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey announced on April 30th that as part of the Green Line Extension project, the project team 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 will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and the relocated Lechmere. When complete, the path will provide a connection that will give pedestrians and bicyclists a continuous route from Bedford to Boston. More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions on the Green Line Extension Project, please email info@glxinfo.com.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations and/or language services for the Community Path Meeting, please contact Joe Sgroi at jsgroi@gilbaneco.com or 617-996-0771.

Tim

Two More GLX Sound Barrier Meetings Next Week

Faithful readers of the blog already know about the next week’s Green Line Extension noise barrier meetings for neighbors living near the new Lechmere and College Ave. stations. Just in case you missed it, here’s the details:

  • Lechmere Station, serving the Glass Factory Condominiums, North Point, and East Cambridge: February 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second St., Cambridge)
  • College Avenue Station, serving Tufts University and South Medford: February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, St. Clement School (579 Boston Ave., Medford)

Please come if you can!

Green Line Extension Seeks Public Art for New Stations

The Green Line Extension is seeking public art submissions for its first three stations.

The Green Line Extension is seeking public art submissions for its first three stations, including the redesigned Lechmere station. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The first three stations on the new Green Line Extension—Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St.—are approaching the 60% design threshold, and now, MassDOT is looking for local artists to help make these stations beautiful. Artists are encouraged to submit their designs for public art at the new Green Line stations, and everyone who’s interested should strongly consider attending a prequalification/information session on Thursday, February 6 at 5pm at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer St., Suite 250, Boston). You can read the full Request for Qualifications here.

All applicants will need to apply through MassDOT’s online platform. All submissions are due by noon on Thursday, February 20. With the vibrant arts communities in Cambridge and Somerville, I know our local artists will come up with some brilliant designs!

 

Two Green Line Noise Barrier Meetings This Week

The site of the forthcoming Washington St. station on the Green Line Extension, near Washington St. and Joy St. in Somerville.

The site of the forthcoming Washington St. station on the Green Line Extension. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

This week, the MBTA continues its series of public meetings regarding noise barriers on the new Green Line Extension. The next two meetings focus on the neighborhoods surrounding the Washington St. and Gilman Square stations, affecting neighbors in Winter Hill, Prospect Hill, and East Somerville.

The Washington St. meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 14, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville). The Gilman Square meeting is scheduled for the following night, Wednesday, January 15, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville). As always, you can find more detailed information about the Green Line Extension here.

Green Line Extension Neighborhood Meetings Start January 8

A map of the upcoming Green Line Extension public meetings. Image via MassDOT.

The Green Line Extension will run through some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in our Commonwealth, and the MBTA is looking for your input regarding noise mitigation. With that in mind, the first of six neighborhood meetings will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm on January 8 at the Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville).

Each meeting will focus on the neighborhoods surrounding a single Green Line Extension station, with the first meeting zeroing in on Inner Belt, Brickbottom, and Union Square. I’ll be reminding neighbors of each meeting as it approaches, but here’s the full schedule:

  • Union Square Station, serving Union Square, Brickbottom, and Inner Belt: January 8, 6:00-8:00pm, Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville)
  • Washington Street Station, serving Prospect Hill and East Somerville : January 14, 6:00-8:00pm, Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville)
  • Gilman Square Station, serving Winter Hill: January 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Center for the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville)
  • Lowell Street & Ball Square Stations, serving Magoun Square: January 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Center for the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville)
  • Lechmere Station, serving the Glass Factory Condominiums, North Point, and East Cambridge: February 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second St., Cambridge)
  • College Avenue Station, serving Tufts University and South Medford: February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, St. Clement School (579 Boston Ave., Medford)

If you have any questions about which meeting you should attend, please contact MassDOT at info@glxinfo.com

Green Line Extension Small Business Event Tomorrow

The Green Line Extension is committed to working with small and disadvantaged businesses. Visit tomorrow's informational meeting at 10 Park Plaza in Boston to learn more

The Green Line Extension is committed to working with small and disadvantaged businesses to build and redesign seven stations, including Lechmere. Visit tomorrow’s informational meeting at 10 Park Plaza in Boston to learn more. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The Green Line Extension is an enormous project, and the work will include everything from demolition to electrical, plumbing to roofing, concrete, steel, glass, track, HVAC and more. The MBTA has pledged to work with locally owned small businesses and DBEs for the Green Line Extension, and tomorrow, local business owners can meet face-to-face with the MBTA and the project’s general contractor at a meeting at MassDOT headquarters (10 Park Plaza, Boston) from 3:30-5:30pm.

To attend, interested contractors and vendors must register by emailing Mark Smith at WSKdbe@jfwhite.com. The Green Line Extension is an incredible business opportunity for workers and businesses in Cambridge and Somerville, and I strongly encourage all interested contractors to attend.

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