3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House Reply

3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House

Wed. Mar. 16 4:30 – 8:00 PM

Somerville Public Safety Building
Community Room
220 Washington St.
Somerville MA (map)

The Somerville Office of Housing and Community Development is sponsoring an Open House at the Union Square station community room. There will be poster displays and planners present to answer your questions. Come and find out where things are going!


3/16/16 MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting Reply

3/16/16 MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting

Wed. Mar. 16 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board is meeting to hear testimony on the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Political figures from Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge will speak at 11:30 AM. Public comments will begin at 1:00 PM. Following the public comments there will be a GLX update to the Board of Directors of the MBTA.

Come if you can! This period is crucial!


3/2/16 MBTA / MassDot Public Meeting on the Green Line Extension Reply

MBTA / MassDot Public Meeting on the Green Line Extension

Wednesday, March 2nd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A

The Center for the Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

We need as many people as possible to attend the public meeting on March 2nd at 6:30pm at the Somerville Armory (191 Highland Avenue).  Every extra person makes a difference. Grab your friends, families, and neighbors and come out to show your support!
For more information, see:

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Subject: [union-square-announcements] MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE NEEDED: KEY GREEN LINE MEETING: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30pm @ The Armory
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:13:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Erik Neu <novus1@gmail.com>
Reply-To: union-square-announcements+owners@googlegroups.com
To: Union Square Announcements <union-square-announcements@googlegroups.com>

As you know, the Green line extension to Union Square and through Somerville to Medford is under threat due to mismanagement by the MBTA.

With a large, vocal, and united show of strength from the community it will be harder for the MBTA and State to forfeit their commitment to better public transportation in Somerville.

We need as many people as possible to attend the public meeting on March 2nd at 6:30pm at the Somerville Armory (191 Highland Avenue).  Every extra person makes a difference.

It isn’t just about mobility and transportation options.  

This project is a keystone for future economic opportunity, both for Somerville and its residents.  Somerville is trying to reinvent itself as a business and commercial center, particularly around Union Square.  This is only possible with a true light rail stop.  Employers will not relocate for a shuttle bus to Lechmere or a commuter rail stop (both under consideration by the MBTA).  Without the ability to build this commercial tax base, Somerville’s residential property taxes would increase and our services and schools would suffer.

In addition, for generations, Somerville has been the conduit for other people’s cars and other people’s trains.  The cars jam our streets with traffic and the trains fill our lungs with diesel exhaust.  Yet at the same time, within our borders we have the weakest network of public transit for any city as close to the urban core as we are.  This imbalance was the very reason that the Green Line Extension was legally required as part of the Big Dig.

We need your help getting friends and neighbors to bring their friends and neighbors to demand that the MBTA and Commonwealth meet its commitments to build the Green Line Extension, including the Union Square spur.

It’s a matter of social, economic, and environmental justice.  

Grab your friends, families, and neighbors and come out to show your support!

MBTA / MassDot Public Meeting on the Green Line Extension

Wednesday, March 2nd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue – Somerville


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12/17/15 Community Preservation Committee Meeting Reply

Agenda not available.

The intent behind the CPA is to use the surcharge to add to green space, establish parks, increase affordable housing, and in general to preserve and improve the Somerville community. More…

12/13/16 Slides for GLX Status Report and GLX Cost Report Reply

As many of you know by know, the future of the Green Line Extension is in doubt due to a massive cost overrun reminiscent of the Big Dig. Current estimates are that the project will cost at least $1 billion more than originally estimated. News reports state that many, if not all, of the current contractors have been removed from the project.

Three alternatives are being discussed:

  • Continuing the project as is.  Unacceptable; the state doesn’t have the money.
  • Canceling the project. Unacceptable; Somerville and Medford have waited over 40 years for this project.
  • Cutting back on the project. Under discussion.

Additional sources of funding are needed beyond state and federal dollars.

Following are the slides from the Green Line Extension status report and cost report, plus the MassDOT and MBTA joint resolution on the Green Line Extension, for reference as we work together to keep the project afloat