State Agrees to Extend Green Line to Route 16 and Boston Ave. In Medford: Long Awaited Legal Commitment Finally Moving in the Right Direction

Brian Barth

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Boston, MA (February 3, 2009) – Fulfilling a legal promise to citizens of the Commonwealth, the Patrick Administration has agreed to extend the Green Line to Route 16 and Boston Avenue at the border of Somerville and Medford. Throughout the project planning process, advocates for the Green Line Extension had urged the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) to make the decision to fully extend the line to Rte. 16 to meet requirements for air quality improvements and to provide the benefits of the Green Line to more residents.

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the environmental group that negotiated the original legal settlement committing the state to complete the project, strongly commended the decision and said it looks forward to continuing to working cooperatively with the Commonwealth and elected officials to ensure that the Green Line Extension is built on time and achieves air quality targets required under law.

CLF staff attorney Carrie Russell explained that “the announcement by the EOT illustrates that the state is striving to fully realize the promise it made to the residents of Massachusetts to reduce air pollution and improve access to rapid transit.” Analysis conducted by the Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance (MGNA) shows that by extending the Green Line to Route 16, less than a mile from the alternative terminus station under discussion, more than 9,000 additional residents will have direct access to rapid transit.

Under a 2007 legal settlement, the Commonwealth committed to completing the Green Line by 2014 and to extend the line from the original planned terminus at Ball Square/Tufts University to Medford Hillside. The settlement was the result of a CLF lawsuit filed against the Commonwealth because it had fallen substantially behind on a number of the transit projects promised to communities to offset the increased traffic and pollution from the Big Dig.

 

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The Conservation Law Foundation works to solve the most significant environmental challenges facing New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to create innovate strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health and promote vital communities in our region. Founded, in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Visit us on the web at: www.clf.org.

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