GLX construction activities and traffic updates

Construction Outlook (September 20 to October 15, 2022) Work schedule is subject to change based on weather or other factors.

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Union Square Station

Overview of work in the area: The GLX Union Square Branch opened for passenger service on March 21, 2022. This major project milestone restored Green Line service from North Station, over the newly revitalized East Cambridge Viaduct, to the newly relocated and reconstructed Lechmere Station, then on to the newly constructed terminus at Union Square Station.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with frequent weekends.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Final detail work on the station entrance and platform will continue while the Union Branch remains in service.

Night Work: Yes. Night work is possible during this period.

Lechmere Station

Overview of current work in the area: The GLX Union Square Branch opened for passenger service on March 21, 2022. This major project milestone restored Green Line service from North Station, over the newly revitalized East Cambridge Viaduct, to the newly relocated and reconstructed Lechmere Station, then on to the newly constructed terminus at Union Square Station.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with occasional nights and frequent weekends.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Final detail work continues at the North and South headhouses of the station and the new bus loop between Water Street and the new Lechmere Station while service continues along the Union Branch.

Night Work: Night work is likely in this area associated with system testing and readying the station area for service.

Vehicle Maintenance Facility (3rd Ave)

Overview of current work in the area: The Vehicle Maintenance Facility ("VMF") is fully operational. MBTA operators and staff personnel are running and maintaining Green Line trains on a full-service schedule.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and most nights and weekends.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Work outfitting the building with spare parts and additional maintenance equipment continues. As of March 21, the VMF has supported full train operations on the Union Square Branch of the Green Line.

Night work: Yes. As an operating MBTA facility supporting light rail operations, train movement in the railyard and maintenance work inside the VMF are likely 24-hours a day.

East Somerville Station (Fitchburg St. to Walnut St.)

Overview of current work in the area: The MBTA GLX Project reached an historic milestone on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The first Green Line trolley traveled the length of the Medford Branch from East Somerville Station to the Medford/Tufts Station, located adjacent to the Tufts University campus. This first Green Line Trolley is part of the phase-I of Light Rail Vehicle testing. The Light Rail Vehicle Intermittent Testing will continue for the next several months. The MBTA is targeting late November of 2022 for the start of passenger service along the Medford Branch.

At the site of the future station, work is advancing on the platform and at the nearby pump house. Heading north along the GLX alignment toward Walnut St, track, systems, Community Path, and wall construction work continues.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with occasional nights and frequent weekends.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Wiring and outfitting the East Somerville Station continues. Work in the area also includes systems installation, getting the pump house operational and advancement of the Community Path.

Night Work: Night work is likely at track level north of Cross St. associated with systems installation and testing.

Gilman Square Station (Walnut St. to Central St.)

Overview of current work in the area: The MBTA GLX Project reached an historic milestone on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The first Green Line trolley traveled the length of the Medford Branch from East Somerville Station to the Medford/Tufts Station, located adjacent to the Tufts University campus. This first Green Line Trolley is part of the phase-I of Light Rail Vehicle testing. The Light Rail Vehicle Intermittent Testing will continue for the next several months.The MBTA is targeting late November of 2022 for the start of passenger service along the Medford Branch.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., most weekends and frequent nights during this period.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: An extensive amount of construction and electrical work continues on and around the Gilman Square Station platform and headhouses. Crews are advancing the remaining work at School St. to get the bridge open to traffic in the coming weeks. At track level, systems installation and testing will continue throughout this segment of the job.

Night work: Yes. Systems installation and testing at night is likely.

Magoun Square Station (Central to Cedar)

Overview of work in the area: The MBTA GLX Project reached an historic milestone on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The first Green Line trolley traveled the length of the Medford Branch from East Somerville Station to the Medford/Tufts Station, located adjacent to the Tufts University campus. This first Green Line Trolley is part of the phase-I of Light Rail Vehicle testing. The Light Rail Vehicle Intermittent Testing will continue for the next several months. The MBTA is targeting late November of 2022 for the start of passenger service along the Medford Branch.

Final construction details are underway on the station platform, elevator and stair tower, pedestrian bridge, and platform canopies as track and systems work continues across this segment.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., most weekends and frequent nights this period.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Construction continues to be active at both platform and Lowell Street Bridge level. On the platform, electricians are wiring up the various electrical needs of the station. At bridge level, work continues on the access way to the headhouse including the plaza, elevators, and stairs.

Track and systems work is ongoing throughout this segment as is work on the Community Path.

Night Work: Yes. Night work is scheduled intermittently in the area for work associated with a broad range of tasks including placement of noise wall panels and system testing.

Ball Square Station (Cedar St. to Harvard St.)

Overview of work in the area: The MBTA GLX Project reached an historic milestone on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The first Green Line trolley traveled the length of the Medford Branch from East Somerville Station to the Medford/Tufts Station, located adjacent to the Tufts University campus. This first Green Line Trolley is part of the phase-I of Light Rail Vehicle testing. The Light Rail Vehicle Intermittent Testing will continue for the next several months. The MBTA is targeting late November of 2022 for the start of passenger service along the Medford Branch.

Green Line Station platform and pedestrian access point work continues as does work on support structures around the station. Systems installation and testing is also underway as is work at the Traction Power Substation.

Work Schedule: Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and frequent nights.

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Final construction details are being finalized on the pedestrian access from Broadway bridge, the elevators, stairs, and bike storage facility. Rail personnel are finishing up track work as systems personnel place overhead contact system wire and continue testing.

Night Work: Night work associated with systems testing is likely.

Medford/Tufts Station (Harvard St. to Winthrop St.)

Overview of work in the area: The MBTA GLX Project reached an historic milestone on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The first Green Line trolley traveled the length of the Medford Branch from East Somerville Station to the Medford/Tufts Station, located adjacent to the Tufts University campus. This first Green Line Trolley is part of the phase-I of Light Rail Vehicle testing. The Light Rail Vehicle Intermittent Testing will continue for the next several months. The MBTA is targeting late November of 2022 for the start of passenger service along the Medford Branch.

Outfitting the Medford/Tufts station platform is ongoing as work continues at street level on final completion of the headhouse, and pedestrian access points for the station.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and frequent weekends and nights

Work Planned for the next few weeks: Electrical and general construction work continues at track level as does work on the elevators, stairs, emergency ramp and access points along Boston Ave. The testing of rail signal systems is progressing.

Night Work: Nightwork may occur on an occasional basis..

Contact

Phone

MBTA Customer Support (617) 222-3200

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Online

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Address

200 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143
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