Green Line Extension FINALLY Underway
National and local officials including U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Governor Charlie Baker and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone took part in the groundbreaking for the Green Line extension earlier this week. The much anticipated project recently received a $225 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to restart what appeared to be a stalled enterprise. This grant is the 2nd installment of a $996 million Full Funding Grant Agreement the FTA has signed with the MBTA to extend the Green line through Somerville into Medford.
Set to include seven new stations, replacement or rehab of eight bridges, and a new bike path, the nearly 5 miles of track will help cut down on daily vehicle travel by 25,728 miles and has also fostered transit oriented development throughout Somerville. New projects like The Sphere in Ball Square and Union Square Apartments have already opened in anticipation of this new service while other developers look for opportunities as the project progresses.
In total this expansion is expected to cost around $2.3 billion with hopes to have the service up and running by late 2021.