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New questions are being raised about the MBTA green line extension into Somerville and Medford. On Monday, T officials said that they may need $700 million to $1 billion more to complete the project.

“Everything’s on the table, and everything includes cancelling the project, but that’s not where we want to go, but we need a project we can afford to build,” Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said.

Email your thoughts about the Green Line Extension project to planning@dot.state.ma.us and info@glxinfo.com through Sept. 9.

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Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts transportation secretary. She tweets @Steph_Pollack.

Veronica Eady, director of the Conservation Law Foundation of Massachusetts Advocacy Center and CLF's Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program. She tweets @ronisue.

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Read The MBTA Report On The Green Line Extension

  • "MassDOT, MBTA and ANF have been working to develop a revised cost range for the full project cost; without including any cost mitigation efforts, the most likely range for the full project cost would rise from the $1.992 billion assumed in the Full Funding Grant Agreement to between $2.7 and $3.0 billion."

WBUR: Ballooning Cost Throws Future Of Green Line Extension Into Question

  • "Transportation officials are now looking at whether more modest stations — similar to elsewhere on the Green Line, in Newton — could shave costs, as might a scale down or elimination of a multi-use path that is part of the plan."

Governing Magazine: The Worst Way To Manage A Transportation Project

  • "Cost overruns on the current 4.5 mile extension of the MBTA's Green Line are a microcosm of why the mitigation requirements have been a disaster."

This segment aired on August 25, 2015.

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