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