Final Environmental Impact Report now available for the Green Line Extension

(this from the state):

Green Line Extension Friends –

Our appreciation to everyone who participated in Saturday’s Land Use Workshop in Somerville. Despite the rainy weather, attendees brought lots of positive energy, good ideas, and interest in both the Green Line Extension project and the SomerVision process. We will be documenting the results and will let everyone know when the write-ups are posted to the Green Line Extension website. We will also shortly be posting the presentations given on Saturday.

We are pleased to announce that the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Green Line Extension project is now available on the project website. You can view a copy of the document here. The FEIR is also available at area libraries, City Clerk’s Offices, and by request to Regan Checchio at 617-357-5772 and rchecchio@reginavilla.com.

We also want to remind you that a public meeting on the FEIR will be held on Wednesday, June 30th at 6 PM at the Somerville High School Auditorium. The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the public, agency representatives, and other project stakeholders to learn about changes to the project and ask questions.

The comment period for the document will be for 30 days; all comments will be due to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office by July 23, 2010. All written comments must be submitted by the deadline to:

Secretary Ian Bowles
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
MEPA Office, Attn: Holly Johnson, MEPA Analyst
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 617-626-1181
Email: Holly.S.Johnson@state.ma.us

You may have also received a postcard announcing the FEIR, which provided an incorrect email address for Ms. Johnson. Her correct email address is provided above. We apologize for our error.

An updated conceptual map for the Community Path can also now be found on the project website here, under Current Materials/Relevant Documents.

Finally, we wanted to provide you with an update on the field work scheduled for the next two weeks:

Boring Program:

Weeks ending 6/18/10 and 6/25/10:

  • Within the MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail right-of-way from Medford Street to Prospect Street in Somerville.
  • Within the MBTA Lowell Commuter Rail right-of-way from Washington Street to School Street in Somerville.
  • Within the MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail right-of-way from Red Bridge to Medford Street in Somerville.

Boring typically occurs between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM on weekdays.

Field Survey:

Weeks ending 6/18/10 and 6/25/10:

  • No field work scheduled
  • More information about the Green Line Extension project, including information about upcoming public meetings, can be found at www.mass.gov/greenlineextension. Should you have any questions, please contact Kate Fichter, Project Manager for the Green Line Extension, at katherine.fichter@state.ma.us. Kate is also blogging about the project at the MassDOT blog.

    Thank you for your interest and participation.

    The Green Line Extension Project Team

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