With little fanfare, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board on Wednesday signed off unanimously on a 51-month, $393 million contract for the construction of three Green Line Extension stations. For all the people who have pushed for the Green Line Extension in dramatic fashion over the years—by participating in an elaborate mock groundbreaking for the line in October of 2011 or by missing the beginning of game 4 of the World Series in 2004 to attend a public meeting on the subject in large numbers—the board’s vote is a milestone to celebrate.
The contract approved by MassDOT will include the construction of a new Lechmere station, across the street from the current terminal in East Cambridge, and new stations in Somerville’s Brickbottom and Union Square neighborhoods. This phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2017. The $393 million contract was granted to White Skanska Kiewit, with a small amount of the funding going to the MBTA for work to be completed in-house.
After decades of persistent and skillful advocacy by CLF, and pursuant to a 2006 settlement with the organization, the Green Line Extension is required to be built by December 31, 2014, though we have known for a while now that the project’s completion will be delayed. In additional phases of the project, the Green Line will be extended through Somerville to Medford, stopping at Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square, College Avenue, and Route 16/Mystic Valley Parkway. CLF will continue to advocate actively for this project until its full completion and to reduce the delays.