• Green Line Extension Lechmere to Medford

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  by charlesriverbranch
 
* Reminder: Lechmere station closes April 2020 for 12 months **

There will be shuttle service to North Station. All bus service to Lechmere continues (69, 80, 87, 88). The new and relocated Lechmere station will open in April 2021, as well as the GLX spur to Union Square (E branch).
Why does there seem to be nothing about this on the MBTA Web site?
  by Arlington
 
Depends where you look.

From a "Green Line Extension" standpoint, ever since the land-swap deal with Guilford/DelawareNorth that traded away Old Lechmere for the New Lechmere site (as part of a much bigger deal), "we all" knew that there'd be an interval where service to Old Lechmere would be bustituted, partly because the developers wanted to get their hands on the Old parcel, and partly because there was going to be a gap as the steel El structure was torn down and replaced.

From the FMCB meeting, Sec. Pollack said that the Lechmere Viaduct rehab was accelerated 4 years to coincide with the GLX-induced closure. (Had it not been, she said, they'd have faced the embarassment of opening the GLX and then 3 years later closing the viaduct.

As for why it doesn't appear in "upcoming closures" my guess is that they know that it is +/- 30 days from April 30, and specific enough to think that Union Sq will be ready "11mo to 12mo later" but not quite ready to announce a date certain for bustitution.

But we do see it deep inside.

Bid comparison for the contract
FMCB Presentation (which said it was being coordinated with the GLX's March 2020 to April 2021 closure of Lechmere)
  by Jeff Smith
 
ProgressiveRailroading.com: MBTA accelerates Green Line extension work

Brief, fair-use quote per forum policy:
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on May 18 will begin work to install two cross-track drainage lines beneath the Tufts interlocking in Medford in order to advance the Green Line Extension (GLX) project.

The work is necessary to accelerate construction of critical infrastructure inside a narrow rail corridor shared by the Lowell commuter-rail line and the GLX project, MBTA officials said in a press release.
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  by troffey
 
For anyone interested, today is the last day of operations over the viaduct to Lechmere station before the shuttle busses and construction work begin.
  by soundguise
 
Now that stations and track and especially the super visable work near lechmere is ongoing, any chance we could try to post some "under construction" photos.

I promise to snap some next time I bike by the museum of science.
  by MBTA3247
 
Ask and ye shall receive!

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I noticed that the overhead has been removed all the way to Science Park. Also, the T is not using its own buses for the shuttle service - they're using buses from Academy Express.
  by bostontrainguy
 
MBTA3247 wrote: Sat May 30, 2020 6:55 pm Also, the T is not using its own buses for the shuttle service - they're using buses from Academy Express.
The Union must be up in arms!!!
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