Thursday, January 14, 2010


Question/Comment: What happened at the meeting on the construction of the new Orange Line station at Assembly Square? 

City Update 1/19/10: The MBTA held a meeting on January 12th, 2010 to discuss plans surrounding the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square.  Mayor Curtatone, MBTA officials, and interested residents were in attendance at the Capuano Early Childhood Center.  At the meeting, the prior meeting on the project, design plans, site access, and next steps were discussed.

The new T station is being funded by the MBTA, the developers of the new IKEA, and using highway flex funding. The station will include two entrances, which will be accessible by elevator and escalators.  The station will include many "green" features, including extensive glass construction to maximize usability of daylight, and sustainable materials and solid surfaces.  The design plan includes parking and bike storage space.  The final design of the station is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2010, and construction to begin in the fall, pending design approval and appropriations.  The station should be operational by 2013 if all plans go according to schedule.

Click here to read more about the project and access slides from the meeting on Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership's (STEP's) website.

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