Advertisement

Green Line Extension brings opportunities and challenges for Somerville's Union Square

13:00
Download Audio
Resume
View through the front window of the MBTA trolley on the Green Line Extension during a test ride from Lechmere to Union Square. (Sharon Brody/WBUR)
View through the front window of the MBTA trolley on the Green Line Extension during a test ride from Lechmere to Union Square. (Sharon Brody/WBUR)

On Monday morning, a train took its maiden voyage along the Green Line Extension to Union Square station in Somerville.

The Extension is a project years in the making. Current and former elected officials celebrated the feat Monday, but new transit brings both new opportunities and familiar problems — for every story about a better commute to the city, for example, there's a story about someone's rent going up.

We talk about these trade-offs and challenges with Zach Baum, president of the board for Union Square Main Streets, and co-owner of Bow Market, an outdoor mall in Union Square. Then, we turn to WBUR reporter Simón Rios for analysis.

This segment aired on March 24, 2022.

Headshot of Amanda Beland

Amanda Beland Senior Producer
Amanda Beland is a producer and director for Radio Boston. She also reports for the WBUR newsroom.

More…

Headshot of Tiziana Dearing

Tiziana Dearing Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.

More…

Headshot of Simón Rios

Simón Rios Reporter
Simón Rios is an award-winning bilingual reporter in WBUR's newsroom.

More…

Advertisement

More from Radio Boston

Listen Live
Close