– Allison Goldsberry
The years-long effort to extend the Green Line to Medford and Somerville received a much-needed financial boost from the feds.
The US Department of Transportation is releasing $100 million in grant funding for the $1 billion project, which extends the Green Line about five miles to Medford and Somerville.
“Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of Secretary Chao, State Transportation Secretary Pollack, and the cities of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford, this important project is moving ahead,” said Governor Baker. “The Green Line Extension project will provide important public transit service that will have a transformational impact for this region of the Commonwealth to accommodate riders and spur economic growth.”
With federal funding in place, the MBTA issued the Notice to Proceed to GLX Design-Build team, GLX Constructors.
Construction will begin in 2018, with service expected to begin in 2021. Medford’s only planned stop will be located at Boston and College Avenue.