Green Line service to Somerville kicks off with new GLX branch

The first phase of the green line extension project began on Monday with service to Somerville. The new Lechmere station in Cambridge has opened to passengers for service to Union Square. The $2.3 billion project that serves Medford, Somerville and Cambridge is still under budget, MBTA officials say, but it has taken countless delays and other setbacks to make it work. “It only happens because the people of Somerville – and I can attest to this for 20 years of doing this every day – refused to accept anything less and fought like hell for it, so long best for them,” former Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said. It is the first new MBTA streetcar line to open in over 30 years. Officials said there is something passengers need to know — before boarding stations, they must validate their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket at a ticket machine. cut my commute down a bit to 10-15 minutes, so I’m looking forward to it,” said commuter Greg Garcia. The next step for the GLX project will be service at Medford, which could be completed as early as summer or fall.

The first phase of the green line extension project began on Monday with service to Somerville.

The new Lechmere station in Cambridge has opened to passengers for service to Union Square.

The $2.3 billion project that serves Medford, Somerville and Cambridge is still under budget, MBTA officials say, but it has taken countless delays and other setbacks to make it work.

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“It only happens because the people of Somerville – and I can attest to this for 20 years of doing this every day – refused to accept anything less and fought like hell for it, so long best for them,” former Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said.

This is the first new line of MBTA carts to open in over 30 years.

Officials said there was something passengers needed to know – before boarding stations, they must validate their CharlieCard or CharlieTicket at a ticket machine.

“It’s probably going to cut my 10-15 minute commute a little bit, so I’m looking forward to it,” said commuter Greg Garcia.

The next phase of the GLX project will be service to Medford, which could be completed as early as summer or fall.

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