The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) delivered good news to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) this week, after Secretary Elaine L. Chao officially launched the state’s £1.7 billion ($2.4 billion) Green Line Extension (GLX). Breaking the ground with other dignitaries to mark the beginning of construction, when the four-year project is completed it will add 4.7 miles and seven stations to the state’s oldest light rail network.
Secretary Chao also announced at the event that it has released £170 million ($225 million) for the new line – the second instalment of a £754 million ($996 million) pot of funding from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) that was first released in December 2017.
Secretary Chao said the Green Line Extension (GLX) project was part of a plan to improve mobility on the line with the aim of boosting the state’s prosperity through better access to jobs and schools, as well as improving the quality of life for tens of thousands of passengers in the Boston area.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who was also at the ground breaking ceremony, welcomed the line that he said would be good for the area. “The Green Line Extension will improve access to education, housing and job opportunities across the entire MTBA system,” said Baker.
“Our administration is grateful for the collaboration and support we have received from Secretary Chao and all partners at the federal, state and local level to reach this milestone and begin a project that will have a transformational impact on this region of the Commonwealth by accommodating riders and spurring economic growth.”
Due to open for service in January 2022, the new line will also see the replacement or rehabilitation of eight rail bridges and a new pedestrian and bike path. The GLX is expected to generate approximately 40,000 new passenger journeys a day.
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