5 takeaways from Medford’s Green Line Extension meeting

Wicked Local Medford | By Alex Ruppenthal
December 15, 2016

The Green Line Extension’s Interim Program Management Team hosted a public meeting Wednesday night at Medford City Hall, where new project manager John Dalton provided updates about the 4.7-mile rail extension into Somerville and Medford.

Dalton, who previously managed infrastructure projects for the Chicago Transit Authority, was hired last month to oversee the long-troubled GLX project.

Earlier this year, MassDOT and MBTA boards approved a scaled-back, $2.3 billion plan to construct seven new stations in Cambridge, Somerville and Medford. The project’s future had been in doubt since fall 2015, when T officials announced that initial cost estimates had ballooned by as much as $1 billion.

“The hiring of a high-level project manager was one of the things that the reset of this project required,” said Medford/Somerville state Rep. Christine Barber. “So it’s a really positive step that we have a competent project manager who has dealt with these projects in other places.”

Here are five takeaways from the GLX meeting:

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