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Green Line extension meeting Thursday in Medford

Posted by Jarret Bencks  November 15, 2012 08:59 AM

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Green Line Extension Project planners will give an update on efforts to secure over $500 million in federal funding Thursday night in Medford.

The Green Line Extension Project Team will hold a group meeting at 51 Winthrop St. in Medford, on the Tufts University campus, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 30, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Click here to see Somerville's STEP's interactive map.

The project, which will extend the Green Line from its current terminal station at Lechmere in Cambridge to Boston Avenue at College Avenue in Medford with stops along the way in Somerville, is estimated to cost $1.4 billion, according to officials. The state is looking to secure a Federal Transit Administration's New Starts Program grant, which could cover up to half the cost.

The state promised $44.8 million of its own money for the project in September, which was used to hire consultant firms AECOM and HNTB for preliminary engineering and design work. Representatives from the firms will be introduced at Thursday's meeting.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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