- The Boston space’s long-awaited $2.3 billion Inexperienced Line Extension transit undertaking wrapped on Dec. 12 with the opening of the Medford Department, based on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The brand new 3.7-mile part is the second and closing a part of the general 4.7-mile GLX undertaking, which was a long time within the making.
- The Medford Department provides 5 extra stations and connects Tufts College on to downtown Boston. The ribbon was reduce on the earlier portion of the GLX from Union Sq. to Somerville in March.
- Each components of the undertaking have been constructed by GLX Constructors, a three way partnership composed of Fluor, The Middlesex Corp., Herzog, Balfour Beatty and STV. MBTA predicts that by 2030, about 45,000 riders will use the seven whole new Inexperienced Line stations every day.
Along with the brand new stations, the Medford Department work entailed constructing an almost 2-mile extension of a motorbike and pedestrian path, putting in sound wall panels and bettering the overhead wire system and the East Cambridge Viaduct, based on Balfour Beatty.
The undertaking has an extended historical past, going again to 1980 when analysis for the Inexperienced Line Extension started. A plan was introduced in 1990, however was later scrapped resulting from finances overruns. The state started planning the extension once more in 2007 and awarded a constructing contract to White-Kiewit-Skanska in 2013. Nonetheless, the contractors have been fired after the work went over finances, and the undertaking was placed on ice.
In 2016, the undertaking was scaled again and rebid. GLX Constructors nabbed the design-build contract in 2017 and began development in 2018. Work needed to be placed on maintain but once more when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Regardless of the numerous hiccups, the undertaking is lastly full — and the area will probably be way more linked consequently.
“The Inexperienced Line Extension may have a transformational impression on the cities of Somerville, Medford and Cambridge by offering the area with entry to necessary public transit, and we’re happy at the moment to deliver the Medford Department into service after years of planning and coordination,” mentioned Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker within the launch. “This undertaking is the product of the collaboration of federal, state, native and group companions and can deliver financial development and enhance alternatives to schooling and jobs for a few years to come back.”
The opening of the total GLX means practically 80% of the inhabitants of Somerville, Massachusetts, is now inside strolling distance to a station — previously that share was lower than 20%, based on MBTA. It’s going to assist scale back the variety of car miles traveled by practically 26,000 miles every day.