Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford endangered

–AP

MBTA customers waiting for the Green Line’s extension into Somerville and Medford may be waiting in vain, according to The Boston Globe.

On Monday, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, which originally forecasted the project would cost about $2.3 billion, said the initial estimate was low by anywhere from $700 million to an extra $1 billion dollars.

State transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack said that officials were considering a redesign to cut costs, seeking more outside funding, or even scrapping the plan.

“Everything is on the table, and everything includes canceling the project,’’ Pollack said.

The undertaking was originally slated to bring stations to Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington Street by 2017.

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Still, she said that cancellation was “not where we want to go.’’

Interim T general manager Frank DePaola said that the Federal Transit Administration, which agreed to pay for about half of the project’s initial cost, could rescind its funding for the project if the T was unable to show how it would bridge the gap between the initial estimate and the most recent price tag, The Globe said.

Read the full story at the Globe.

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