The Boston Globe | By Nicole Dungca
October 2, 2016
State transportation officials hope to build another Orange Line station in Malden and extend Silver Line bus service into Everett as part of a long-term transit plan spurred by a forthcoming $2.1 billion resort casino along the Mystic River.
As Everett and surrounding cities prepare for the 2019 opening of the Wynn Resorts casino, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has crafted an ambitious blueprint for the area, highlighted by a new Orange Line station between the Wellington and Malden Center stops.
The plans must clear numerous hurdles, officials say. A new Orange Line station would take at least seven years and in all likelihood would only be possible if private development contributed a substantial amount toward the cost, estimated at $85 million to $95 million.
“It really depends on the development there, but I think it could happen,” said Jennifer Slesinger, a transportation manager at the department who has worked extensively on a transit plan for Everett. “I don’t want to give odds, but I think that the area could support it.”
In considering the area’s current and future demands, state transportation officials recently recommended a range of new projects that include: