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Green Line Extension

By adamg - 3/21/22 - 9:11 am

Some thought it might never happen, but at 4:50 a.m., after decades in the making, the first trolley to take passengers rolled out of Union Square in Somerville. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 8:53 pm
Test trolleys on tracks between Union Square and Lechmere

Adam Nichols captured some of the action tonight on the Union Square stub, where Green Line operators have begun driving trolleys to test things out and get familiar with the new line. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/21 - 2:53 pm

The MBTA announced today that the first scheduled service on the Green Line Extension to Union Square won't be until at least March of next year. Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/21 - 9:34 pm

The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership reports officials announced today that the Union Square stub line is now scheduled to open in December instead of October and that the main part of the extension is now scheduled to start up in May, rather than the previously announced December.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 9:36 am

Remember when it was about to get cancelled because it was going to cost too much? CommonWealth Magazine reports the project is now forecast to come in under budget, only in part thanks to $103 million in federal recovery aid for mass-transit projects and possibly enough so to let Cambridge and Somerville recover the $45 million they ponied up to keep the project going.

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By adamg - 5/24/21 - 11:14 am

MBTA GLX! May 2021 Green Line Extension Construction Update!

Here's a detailed drone-based video of the work towards extending the Green Line past Lechmere. If you want to skip stuff about the history of the Green Line and work on the existing sections, skip to 4:50 (and yes, the narrator is not from around here, as you can tell by his pronunciation of "Tremont" and "Zakim" but it's still a cool video).

By adamg - 6/13/20 - 12:21 pm

Nathaniel Stinnett watched some of the demolition of the steel part of the Lechmere viaduct this morning. It's coming down for the realignment of the Green Line towards the new Not-Lechmere station being built as part of the fabled Green Line Extension.

By adamg - 5/23/20 - 10:21 pm
Lechemere station after its opening in 1922

Lechmere station sometime after 1922. Source.

Tonight marks the last time the T will use the current Lechmere station for anything trolley related. It shuts tonight and in 11 months or so, there'll be a brand-new station nearby as the current tracks are extended towards Somerville.

Of course, what comes down must have gone up. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 11:22 am

Workers on Tuesday will begin putting down stripes on Charles River Dam Road in preparation for bus-only lanes for the buses that will replace the Green Line between North Station and Lechmere for a year while parts of the current Lechmere Viaduct is torn down and then moved as part of the Green Line Extension into Somerville. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 10:43 am

The MBTA announced this morning it's cancelled meetings tonight on the Better Bus Project at the Bolling Building in Roxbury, the Green Line Extension at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge and a "public engagement" meeting at the Framingham Public Library, "out of an abundance of caution" over, well, you can guess what.

By adamg - 2/17/20 - 9:28 am
New Green Line tracks coming from Lechmere station

Tim Murphy got a bird's eye view of the work on the Green Line Extension at Lechmere:

Lechmere Station taking shape. In this “Dissected” style view, you can see what will become the center island platform with the eastbound track to the right and the westbound on the left.

By adamg - 10/13/19 - 2:51 pm
Flyover for Green Line Extension to Union Square

Ted took some photos of progress on the Green Line Extension past Lechmere, including construction of the flyover for the branch to and from Union Square in Somerville. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 4:00 pm

An equipment malfunction at a Green Line Extension project in Somerville has forced the T to cancel all service on the Lowell Line between Anderson/Woburn and North Station today, MassDOT reports. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/19 - 12:42 pm
Homans Building gone

Jay K shows us the remains of what had been the last standing parts of the Homans Building, knocked over this morning to make way for construciton of the Gilman Square station on the new addition to the Green Line and an adjacent power substation. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/18 - 10:31 pm
Saving a concrete lion's head on the old Homans Building in Somerville

Roving UHub photographer Rachel Mello watched workers carefully remove a concrete lion from the old Homans Building in Somerville, which is being torn down to make way for the Gilman Square station on the Green Line Extension. Read more.

By adamg - 6/25/18 - 11:44 pm

But this time they really, really mean it, and before you know it, people will be riding the Green Line hard from Union Square and other points west of Lechmere, they say.

By adamg - 11/17/17 - 3:00 pm

State transportation planners working on the long delayed plans to extend the Green Line past Lechmere will recommend next week that the MBTA hire a consortium of companies to do the work, at a potential cost of no more than $1.1 billion - on top of what the state's already spent on the work. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/17 - 3:00 pm

The Globe reports the $1 billion in federal funding is safe.

What decade is it supposed to be running again?

By adamg - 12/8/16 - 4:29 pm

Maybe 2021, WBUR reports.

By adamg - 11/8/16 - 9:49 am

Of course, he doesn't come cheap, but at least maybe now the feds will stop fretting about they were thinking of throwing our way for the project.

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