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What's Riding on the Green Line Extension Into Somerville

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone this afternoon took to that great modern bully pulpit, Facebook, to argue further for the extension of the Green Line into his city:

It's absurd that Somerville, the most densely populated city in New England, has spent 20+ years as next in line to get T service. We've been waiting at the front of a line that hasn't moved. Fortunately, after last year's attempt to institute what looked to be a never-ending delay to the Green Line extension, we've gotten the state to commit to a firm timetable for that project and, so far, the state is on schedule. The Assembly Square Orange Line station is also underway. The mayor cites national and local trends that seem to show that people want to live and work near reliable public transit. But we think it has more to do with the release of SomerVision late last month, the 20-year master plan for Somerville that has 6,000 new housing units popping up and so, so much of that and other development tied to said Green Line extension. It's gotta happen or else other stuff doesn't.

· SomerVision Sees 6,000 New Homes, Lots of Green Line Riders [Curbed Boston]