The MBTA fiscal control board is considering a scaled-back proposal to extend the Green Line.
Consultants hired by the T outlined a new, simpler version of the project. The Green Line would still go to Medford, but instead of full stations, each of the six new stops would have a weather shelter. Instead of the 10,000-foot bike and pedestrian path, it would be cut down to 7,000 feet, and a more simple design.
The board could make a decision Monday, or in the weeks ahead, to accept a simpler version, or scrap it altogether. While a decision is pending, it got us thinking about how the Big Dig — moving Interstate 93 underground in downtown Boston — translated into a legal agreement to extend light rail to Somerville and Medford.
- "Open air stations with platforms with weather shelters. Fewer changes to bridges. A simplified and shorter community path alongside. State transportation officials on Monday unveiled a scaled-down proposal for the long-delayed Green Line extension, which would relocate Lechmere Station and bring six new T stations to Somerville and Medford. The new plan is estimated to cost $2.3 billion."
This segment aired on May 9, 2016.