Notice of Project Change Filed for Green Line Extension
The MBTA filed a Notice of Project Change for the Green Line Extension Project with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on January 31. The document basically says the new plans for a scaled back project still provide “core functionality” and environmental “benefits.”
“The new design of the project continues to maintain the core functionality of the project,” said an email from MassDOT. “The project remains in the same corridor and continues to have seven stations at the same locations as those reviewed in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). These stations, however, are considerably smaller and scaled back in size and amenities. The service levels (e.g., frequency, speed, hours of operations, etc.) remain the same. As a result, ridership and air quality benefits remain unchanged from those reviewed in the EIR.”
Public comments are being accepted on the Notice of Project change through Tuesday, February 28 to the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Attn: MEPA Office, Holly Johnson, EEA No. 13886, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston MA 02114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MassDOT, MBTA Seek Input on Capital Investment Plan
MassDOT and the MBTA are updating their Capital Investment Plan. The plan will focus on priorities first, then programs, and finally, projects. The three priorities of focus are reliability, modernization, and expansion.
Public comments can be submitted online or via email.
A draft capital investment plan will be released in May and will be subject to another round of public comments.