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MBTA's Green Line extension clears environmental review


Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) received full federal environmental approval for the Green Line extension.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a “finding of no significant impact” for the project, culminating many years of technical work by MassDOT and MBTA with the cooperation of the cities of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford, Mass., MassDOT officials said in a prepared statement.

The approval means MBTA now can seek funding from the FTA for Green Line extension costs. The project will extend the existing MBTA Green Line from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford.

The first phase is estimated to cost about $18 million.

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