– Allison Goldsberry
The MBTA has chosen GLX Constructors as the winning bidder to extend the Green Line to Medford and Somerville.
GLX Constructors had the lowest bid that includes several “additive options” that once had been perceived as driving up the project’s cost. The design-build firm’s $1.08 billion bid includes all six additive options and MBTA contingency, according to the Green Line Extension website. In addition to promising to build track infrastructure and seven station stops, GLX Constructors said it will include platform canopies, elevators at select stations, public art, additional community connection to the community path located on Chester Street in Somerville, extension of the community path between East Somerville and Lechmere Stations and an enhanced vehicle maintenance facility in Somerville.
On Monday, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board will be asked to accept staff’s recommendation of GLX Constructors for the total contract price offering.
GLX Constructors is comprised of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., The Middlesex Corp., Herzog Contracting Corp., and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.
“Congratulations to GLX Constructors on putting forward an exciting proposal. I am grateful to the MBTA and the project team for their hard work to make this a reality,” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville). “None of this would have happened without the support of the cities of Somerville, Cambridge and Medford, all my colleagues in the state delegation, and most importantly the steadfast work of community advocates, who for years have pushed this project forward while setbacks piled up. We look forward to the beginning of full construction next spring.”
“I look forward to the benefits this Green Line Extension will bring to the cities of Medford and Somerville,” said Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford).
The project completion date is 2021. Medford’s only planned stop will be located at Boston and College Avenue. There is a public meeting on Monday, November 20 to discuss the possibility of extending the Green Line all the way to Route 16.