Feds Approve Revised Cost Estimate For Green Line Extension
The long-stalled MBTA Green Line Extension gained momentum Tuesday.
The Federal Transit Administration announced it's approved a scaled-back cost estimate for the planned expansion of service into Somerville and Medford.
The project was put on hold in August 2015 after a revised cost estimate ballooned from about $2 billion to $3 billion.
In 2016, state transportation leaders scaled back the project's plans, resulting in a new cost estimate of $2.3 billion. Federal regulators had to OK that modified proposal, unlocking crucial federal funds.
"It's kind of the culmination of a lengthy process of reevaluating the project's scope and making sure the ultimate product is consistent with the funds we have available and the time-frame we have to do it," said John Dalton, the project's manager.
Dalton says the next step is to finalize design plans and then begin construction.
The 4.5-mile extension includes the development of six new stations, as well as the relocation of Lechmere Station in East Cambridge. It's set to open in 2021.
This article was originally published on April 04, 2017.