President Obama recently proposed a new budget which included $100 Million in funding the MBTA Green Line expansion. Now under construction, the new Green Line will run on two lines from thesoon-to-be-built New Lechmere Station. One spur will run from Lechmere to Washington Street to Union Square while the second will continue from Washington Street, through Somerville all the way past Tufts University.
This very cool video of a virtual ride on the new Green Line was just released. I love it.
Meanwhile, a proposal to remove the McCarthy Overpass on the McGrath Highway has earned approval from MassDOT. This overpass crosses over Washington Street very near to where the new Washington Street Station will be. The new ‘boulevard’ type roadway will be at street level and is proposed to be more friendly to pedestrians, busses and bikes. Below is an artist’s depiction of what McGrath will look like after it is rebuilt at street level. This dividing line bewtween Union Square and Cobble Hill is going to be completely redone. Should be exciting.