Green Line Extension progresses, massive construction effort underway

Construction on the first phase of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Green Line Extension (GLX) ramped up this summer, the latest step forward for a public transit project in the works since 1990. The extension, which will add a stop at the intersection of College Avenue and Boston Avenue and allow students to commute to the School of […]


E for Everyone: Mini Metro

Why should you play “Mini Metro” (2015)? Because it is one of the most beautiful examples of using minimalism to make an incredibly intuitive, relevant and rewarding game. Dreamed up in 2013 by the developers of New Zealand-based Dinosaur Polo Club at a game jam, this hypnotic wonder of a game is about creating an […]


Federal government approves new cost estimate for Green Line Extension

The Green Line Extension (GLX)’s updated cost estimate was recently approved by the federal government. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) spokesperson Lisa Battiston expressed enthusiasm for the future of the project, which will bring the Green Line into Somerville and Medford, including a stop adjacent to the Tufts campus on College Ave. “The Administration, MassDOT […]


Private company proposes new public late-night transit program

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is expected to decide within the next two years whether it will accept a new, late-night bus proposal that was presented by the private company Bridj on Oct. 24, according to MBTA Director of Communications Joe Pesaturo. The Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA has already heard the proposal […]


Green Line Extension and gentrification

The butt of many jokes, the Green Line Extension project (GLX) is nevertheless a substantial infrastructural undertaking with considerable repercussions on the Boston Metro Area. The project has been in the planning stages since the 1990s, and construction finally began in 2012—four years ago. The extension is nowhere near finished. The latest headlines concerning GLX […]


Overbudgeted Green Line Extension remains a vital project

This article is the second of two parts. Read the first part here.  Ask any Boston resident to name a massively expensive transportation project, and they’ll probably tell you about the Big Dig. That project, known officially as the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (CA/T), is ultimately costing the commonwealth $22 billion: costs ballooned to $15 billion as construction peaked and an […]


Green Line Extension project under review until May, Somerville may be asked to pitch in

This article is the first of two parts.  The MBTA’s proposed Green Line Extension project (GLX), which would string light rail from a rebuilt Lechmere station up through six new stops in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford – terminating at Tufts, at a stop behind Dowling hall – is still being reconsidered in the wake of […]


Green Line Extension project faces $1 billion in excess costs

Tufts students and Somerville/Medford residents anticipating the public transportation update promised by the Green Line Extension Project (GLX) may have even more waiting to do; Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) officials announced on Aug. 21 that the project will cost between $700 million and $1 billion more than originally planned. The GLX project, which would extend the […]


Green Line extension debacle a sign of systemic budget issues

Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack took some time out of her busy schedule last month to explain the disappointing news that, once again, the fate of the Green Line extension is up in the air. News broke in August that the long-planned and delayed Green Line extension north to College Avenue and Union Square from Lechmere may […]


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