May 03, 2017

Senator Warren Applauds Inclusion of $150M for Green Line Extension in Federal Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced today that $150 million in funding for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line Extension (GLX) will be included in the bipartisan omnibus spending bill, which Congress is set to vote on this week. Senator Warren fought hard for the GLX funding during the Congressional appropriation process and has been a strong advocate for the GLX since her election to the Senate.  This is the third consecutive year that the GLX has secured significant federal funding.   

"It's great news that we got this Green Line Extension funding in the federal budget deal," said Senator Warren. "This long-awaited infrastructure project will bring better transit options, jobs, and economic growth to Somerville, Medford, and all of Greater Boston. Federal funding is a key part of getting the Green Line Extension built, and I'm doing everything I can in Washington to keep the project moving forward."

The GLX Project will extend the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge, Massachusetts to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford. Bringing MBTA light rail service to this corridor will greatly improve local and regional mobility, address longstanding transportation inequities, result in fewer automobiles on local roads, and help to combat greenhouse gas emissions and other components of air pollution. The GLX Project will also support municipal plans for sustainable growth and urban redevelopment and provide community residents with faster rides to jobs and other destinations.