The Green Line extension appears to be moving back to the front page and is part of an infrastructure initiative put forward by the Trump administration.
According to a recent BBJ article, “the much-delayed MBTA Green Line extension to link Cambridge’s Alewife to Somerville and Medford is one of 50 infrastructure projects that President Trump’s transition team has identified as a priority, according to a document obtained by the Kansas City Star…The total cost of the MBTA’s 4.3-mile Green Line extension could be as much as $3 billion and result in 3,000 jobs, according to the document.”
The Green Line Extension (sometimes abbreviated as GLX) is an initiative to expand transit services in Greater Boston by extending the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Linelight rail beyond its current northern terminus at Lechmere Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The 4.3-mile (6.9 km) extension is intended in order to improve mobility and regional access for residents in the densely populated municipalities of Somerville and Medford, two cities currently underserved by the MBTA relative to their population densities, commercial importance, and proximity to Boston.
The Green Line needs to grow. The daytime and bedtime population is growing. We are seeing new developments of office, retail and residential throughout our city. The cost of residential units continues Northward and to ensure continued growth we need reliable public transportation into the city core.
A Wbur articles reports “the state transportation board and the MBTA’s fiscal control board voted Monday to tentatively move forward with a scaled-down proposal for the long-delayed Green Line extension (GLX), which would relocate Lechmere Station and bring six new T stations to Somerville and Medford…The new plan, which is estimated to cost $2.3 billion, will go to the Federal Transit Administration, which also must approve the modified proposal.”
Union Square is now host to a shared workspace: Workbar will open its newest location in Somerville at 31 Union Square.
According to Banker&Tradesman, “The 2,500-square-foot shared workspace will be located in the former Elegant Furniture location. The facility will include coworking space, conference and meeting rooms, event space, secure wifi and social and educational programming. Construction will begin following final design and permitting, said Greg Karczewski, president of Union Square master developer US2. US2 leased the 31 Union Square storefront last fall and plans to open its local headquarters in the space, as well. Construction will begin following final design and permitting, with an August opening anticipated…Workbar has locations in Boston and Cambridge and a network of partner spaces throughout eastern Massachusetts, serving more than 800 members from over 400 businesses.”
From Bangalore to Davis Square – TechHub is the latest shared workspace host to enter the Boston Market. Vying to be different they are putting their stakes in the ground in 7,500 square feet in Davis Square, Somerville.
TechHub, which operates a network of co-working spaces in India, Romania, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, plans to open in Somerville this month. And much like a card that will give you access to frequent flier lounges, a TechHub membership will let you work in any of the locations as you jet around the globe.
“We hope we can be a catalyst for even more activity in the Boston area.” [TechHub co-founder and CEO Elizabeth] Varley says that “we really focus on the community side of things,” putting on events that introduce investors and established companies to entrepreneurs, for instance. Locally, the group has put on five demo nights, most recently last week, to promote TechHub to Bostonians.
The City of Somerville might be onto something here; it is efforting to become carbon neutral by 2050. If all things are equal or at least close to equal, I believe local small-to-mid-sized companies would embrace the green initiative. The challenge only really exists when being green adds measurable cost to the companies monthly overhead.
“‘Sustainability and taking care of the environment is a deeply held conviction of the community,’ said Daniel DeMaina, media manager for the city of Somerville, in an interview…The city will release a form called a Request for Information, for companies to propose their green-tech ideas at an event on Oct. 21. Companies have until Dec. 1 to submit their plans.”