Mock Green Line Extension Groundbreaking Rally

Thursday, October 20th - 6:00pm
@ 81 Highland Ave, Somerville [map]

Are you fed up with latest delay in the Green Line Extension project,
which was supposed to extend service though Somerville this year… then
2014… then 2015… and now, maybe, 2018-2020?

Join your neighbors and several community organizations in front of
Somerville High School in a Mock Groundbreaking Rally at 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, to show your opposition to the latest schedule
delay recently announced by MassDOT.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other representatives from throughout the
region will bring shovels to help convey the message that supporters
of the project are "shovel ready" for construction to begin without
further delay.

Right after the rally, continue making your voice heard inside the
Somerville High School Auditorium, where a public hearing on the Green
Line Extension Environmental Assessment held by MassDOT will take
place at 6:30 p.m.

At the hearing, MassDOT officials also are inviting suggestions on air
pollution mitigation projects the state is required to implement on
Dec. 31, 2014, as a penalty for missing the legal deadline for
extending Green Line service.

Sponsoring this event are: Community Corridor Planning, STEP,
Groundwork Somerville, SCC, MGNA, ECPT, LivableStreets Alliance, CLF,
MASSPIRG & TRU

What’s the problem?

·         We need a system that balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles.

·         We need safe, convenient, and affordable transportation for all users.

·         Funding for public transportation, bike paths, and sidewalks has never been strong enough, and continues to diminish rapidly.

·         Our political leadership is lacking the courage to raise sufficient revenue for a good transportation system.

·         Investment in a good transportation system creates jobs, boosts economic growth, helps our planet, increases energy independence, and our quality of life

What’s happening? 

·         The Green Line Extension from Cambridge to Somerville and Medford and the Somerville Community Path are a great example of a transportation project that promotes transportation choices and reduces greenhouse gas emission.

·         This project will finally serve a community that has been dissected by a major highway (I-93), suffers from disproportionate air pollution, and lacks adequate public transportation.

·         The Legislature has already authorized bonds to construct the Green Line Extension.

·         Nevertheless, Massachusetts has announced that it will delay the construction of the Green Line Extension by four to six years, without providing any clear explanation why.

What can you do about it?

Attend the Mock Groundbreaking rally and public hearing that follows!