Medford Residents File Complaint on Green Line Extension

Two Medford residents claim project hasn't taken environmental, social aspects into account.

Medford residents Carolyn Rosen and Dr. William Wood have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration regarding the MBTA Green Line extension.

The complaint, filed Jan. 18, alleges those two entities "failed to adequately address environmental issues pertaining to the human environment and its natural resources in the city of Medford" in formulating the plans for the Green Line extension, according to a statment from Rosen and Wood.

In addition, the complaint "contends that civil rights of the environmental justice community and disability population of Medford have been violated throughout the Green Line Extension process," they said.

Speaking to Patch Monday, Wood said the seeds of this complaint go back many years, but ultimately felt the state and federal entities have not gone about trying to implement the extension correctly.

"We're not going to back down on it," Wood said.

Phase I of the Green Line Extension is the first step in a $1.3 billion project that, when complete, would add six new Green Line stations to the MBTA's light-rail line, extending it through Somerville to near Tufts University in Medford.

The first trains aren't expected to roll into Somerville until the completion of phase two, which will bring the Green Line to Union Square and Washington Street. That's expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

Wood said he would not consider himself an opponent of the Green Line extension. He just wants to ensure people are held accountable to it's done correctly with all concerns of those locally taken into account.

"We don't want to see our friends hurt this way," Wood said.

Paolo47 January 29, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Environmental issues? They'll be less car and bus traffic. What's better for the environment?
Jake O'Donnell January 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM
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Kevin C January 30, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Lowell line has 58 trains a day. At 30mph, they pass any one house at 44 feet per second. Basically, each passes closest to an abutter's house in less than 1 second. It is "near" for maybe 10 seconds. All trains total 10 minutes per day--less than 7/10th of 1% of a day. Move it 8' closer and it still close for only 7/10ths of 1% of the day. It is not like living near a road which is "always on" Diesels aren't particularly smoky when operating "at speed" (diesels were worst during acceleration, not cruise). And the MBTA's are better than they were pre-2004 thanks to new low-sulfur diesel (since 2004) and other emissions controls (since 2006). And by the time the tracks are moved, the T will be operating newer even-cleaner MPI locomotives now on order. Move 1 track 8' closer to one side of the track and you're moving things 8' away from the folks on the other side. How can that be anything but a complete "wash" from an environmental standpoint and basically the perfect definition of "no significant impact" The complaint says the new station will "attract" more diesel buses. Hah! First, tweaking bus schedules is not "significant" Second, buses are cleaner just like trains thanks to cleaner fuels, catalysts and filters. And by 2018 (or whenever) will likely be either even-cleaner hybrids or CNG (if Medford gets a new garage).
Luciano March 29, 2013 at 05:37 PM
There appear to be three factions or more engaging in debate on the Green Line, and with something so expensive I say let all voices be heard. For example, Andy Castinetti spoke to the City Council last Tuesday (March 26) and offered that Tufts should seek the Green Line going towards Mystic Avenue. Now this seems like a novel idea, so if Dr. Wood and Carolyn Rosen want to bring more transparency to the issue it only helps the community, whether you are on their side or not. Personally, I'd like to see a more sophisticated transit system here in Massachusetts, with extended hours. So I have not sided with any faction yet as the information is still pouring in. It is regrettable that Doria Alberg makes a personal attack rather than adding something substantial to the conversation. Interesting that Mrs. Alberg is actually a person who offers no solutions, so pointing the finger is the pot calling the kettle black. More regrettable is that her husband, Harvey Alberg, went on TV3 on Spotlight on City Hall to relentlessly attack Dr. Wood (ridiculing Bill's college of choice) without allowing Dr. Wood equal time. So when Mrs. Alberg says "agendas" (same word Harvey Alberg chose to use to complain about the City Council), she's right, only she's talking about herself again. This is an on-topic comment noting that some of the posts lack information and - clearly - are going after William Wood and Carolyn Rosen. Let's try to be civil here and add to the conversation.


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