Posted April 18, 2016 10:39 PM ET; Last Updated May 10, 2016 8:57 PM ET
Welcome to the Big Green Dig. Original Big Dig, original estimate, $2 billion. Latest cost $14 billion. Original Big Green Dig estimate, $2 billion. Don't kill the job.
By Dan Atkinson
By Danielle McLean
Posted May 9, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Updated at 6:51 PM
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Editorial and comment from US Rep. Capuano indicate a lack of patience. This is government in action. It took New York City over 85 years after first proposed in 1929, to build the Second Avenue subway in Manhattan. It will open soon, they say.
New York Magazine
July 24, 2009 5:00 p.m.
The Long, Tortured History of the Second Avenue Subway
By Sam Jewler
EDITORIAL: Don't stop the GLX in its tracks
Posted May. 6, 2016 at 12:57 PM
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Posted April 18, 2016 10:39 PM ET
MacDougall says, "There are serious public health problems in East Somerville because of major highways in the area, and building GLX will significantly reduce traffic on those highways." He does not mention the money pledged to upgrade that area by Steve Wynn for his casino one mile from Sullivan Station. He adds, "For all of these projects we absolutely need major revenue increases. [. . .] New revenue must come from major increases in taxes and/or fees, with the revenue dedicated to sustainable transportation.” Spending other people's money is great fun. Ask any politician. Why not provide free food kiosks at every Green Line station so non taxpaying riders will enjoy sustenance while they travel. Foot massages for the feet weary will improve emotional health.
There are serious public health problems in East Somerville because of major highways in the area, and building GLX will significantly reduce traffic on those highways.
Let’s not lose sight of the big picture, and of unmet long-term needs. For instance, on the Green Line, we should upgrade electric power supply so we can run three-car trains; we need major expansion of some MBTA bus routes; and we need major improvements on other subway lines.
For all of these projects we absolutely need major revenue increases. Good transportation should be seen as an essential public good. New revenue must come from major increases in taxes and/or fees, with the revenue dedicated to sustainable transportation.”
LETTER: Build the Green Line Extension and community path
Posted Apr. 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM
To the editor:
— John MacDougall, Richdale Avenue