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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Developments For The Green Line Extension...

The MBTA has entered into a land exchange agreement with Pan Am Railways that will facilitate the construction and operation of the Green Line Extension by providing the Commonwealth with crucial trackage rights. This agreement will also support the advancement of the NorthPoint mixed-use development project. MassDOT and the MBTA look forward to working with the new NorthPoint development team to enhance the designs for a relocated Lechmere Station; together, we share the goals of creating a vibrant Lechmere Square area and providing safe and comfortable access for Green Line riders. The agreement, which has been approved by the MBTA Board of Directors, is available here. The agreement is also described in a press release.

Also, a new design concept has been designed for the future Brickbottom/Washington Street Green Line station. The new concept was heavily influenced by the public comments that we received during the review periods for the Draft Environmental Impact Report and the Final Environmental Impact Report, as well as collaboration with the City of Somerville. The new design concept will shortly be posted to the Green Line Extension website.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will be hosting a second public input meeting for the Mystic Valley Parkway Community Visioning Process. This meeting will focus on topics such as traffic and parking, air quality, land acquisition, and strategies for managing neighborhood change associated with the possible extension of the Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway. The meeting will be held at 51 Winthrop Street, Medford from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Please visit MAPC's website to RSVP and get meeting updates.

In addition, MassDOT will be advertising a series of upcoming civic engagement opportunities for the Green Line Extension project as a whole. These will be a chance to meet the members of the new design team and hear the latest design concepts and approaches for the project.

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