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Green Line Extension Proposal Moving Forward

Green Line Boston

Plans to extend the Green Line are slowly moving forward at a now estimated cost of $2.3 billion.

This Monday the state transportation board and the MBTA control board voted to bring the project to federal transit officials to review.

The approved plans are a scaled-down version of the extension that was originally estimated at $3 billion.

In order for the project to actually become a reality it still needs approval from The Federal Transit Administration.

The issues behind the project moving forward include, financing the project and completing the project without jeopardizing the improvements needed for the T’s core service.

The Green Line extension project consists of 4.7 miles of new track with six new stations that would run through East Cambridge, Somerville and Medford.

In order to cut the price from the original proposal the maintenance facilities and stations are simpler and include shorter community paths and fewer bridges.

The stations would still include shelter and walking and bike paths along the transit routes.

The board’s approval shows their determination in moving forward with this project, however funding, management of the project and the project timeline are still under scrutiny.

If approved, construction will begin in about 18 months and take around four years to be completed.

Mixed-Use Project Proposed for North Quincy T Station

North Quincy Apartments

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A mixed-use development with 579 apartments could be coming to North Quincy T Station. Over 600,000 square feet of residential space along with retail and parking could make up this mixed-use space.

North Quincy is not the only T stop to experience surrounding construction. JFK/UMass and Quincy Adams also have construction rising around them, starting a small, but growing, trend of constructing mixed-use spaces around transit stations.

The board that oversees the transit authority approved the project. However, still facing a separate set of approvals in Quincy, the mixed-use development is but a proposal. The lot where the mixed-use space would go is owned by the MBTA. If the project is approved, it would bring with it a 99-year lease and $230 million in revenue for the MBTA.

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Government Center Station Set to Reopen in March

Government Center

After having undergone $82 million in renovations, Government Center T station is set to re-open on March 21, 2016. After being closed for two years, commuters rejoice as Government Center is finally ready to rejoin the MBTA as a central stop along Boston’s public transit.

The project was designed by Boston-based HDR Inc. and was built by Barletta Cos. of Canton and will feature a glass and steel entrance as well as new lobbies and elevators to the Green and Blue Lines. New station lighting and an expanded fare collection area to refill your Charlie Card are also expected to be part of the new station.

This could just be the beginning for Government Center. Developers are looking at City Hall Plaza near Government Center station T stop as an ideal location for a Boston recreation and cultural destination. According to The Boston Globe, “The owners of TD Garden have won a bid to remake Boston’s City Hall Plaza, proposing to transform the little-loved, windswept brick expanse at the heart of the city into a bustling year-round hub of arts, food, and leisure.”

New York-based design company, Delaware North Cos., came up with several concepts for the outdoor space abutting Government Center T station. Concepts included several iconic structures including a “#Boston” sign and a 200-foot tall ferris wheel. Art installations similar to those that appeared at Lawn on D were also discussed, including an interactive series inspired by the glow-in-the-dark, music-playing “Impulse” seesaws in Montreal. Not only that City Hall Plaza could be home to concerts not just during Boston Calling but all throughout the year.

Plans for City Hall Plaza are still only in the concept phase as more ideas emerge, but on March 21st one thing is for certain, residents will have easy access to this bustling city center with the newly renovated Government Center T station.

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