Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Green Line extension to Medford and Somerville

The Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford is in the first stages of development. An environmental review and preliminary engineering study is in the works. Work is slated to be completed by 2014 to the tune of $560 million.

Well, first we know it's going to go over budget and off schedule. These things always do.

And completed by 2014? Gee, what's the rush?

Sure, things take time, but man, by the time the extension is finished it will be out-of-date. I guess the project itself has been postponed time and time again over the course of 17 years. Who knows why, because for me, upgrading and extending the T all over Boston should be a main priority. Sometimes I think the money spent on the Big Dig would have been better spent on public transportation. Traffic is still snarled in the city. Maybe we should have knocked down the Central Artery, made a park, and built big parking garages north and south of the city where people would have parked then taken trains into and around the city.

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