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  1. Federal Transit Official Offers Boost To Redesigned Green Line ExtensionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 20, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    The scaled-back plans for the MBTA's Green Line Extension have received early support from a key federal transit official. In a letter obtained by WBUR Friday, Mary Beth Mello, the Federal Transit Administration's regional administrator, said it is the "preliminary view of [the FTA] that the proposed re-scoping of the GLX is consistent with the scope of work and the expected benefits of the original project," which had received approval and nearly $1 billion in federal funding.


  2. State Transportation Officials Give Tentative OK To Green Line Extension ProjectRead the original story w/Photo

    May 10, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    State transportation officials are making some cutbacks, but they do plan to go ahead with the long-delayed extension of the MBTA's Green Line into Somerville and Medford.


  3. Tufts University Postpones Finals After Car Fire, Threat Referencing Labor DisputeRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    A top official at Tufts University in Massachusetts said a bomb threat found on campus made reference to a labor dispute involving the school's janitors. Tufts Senior Vice President Mary Jeka said the threat, which was found taped to the door of campus health services on Monday morning, remains under investigation.


  4. Decision On MBTA's Stalled Green Line Extension Project May Be On TapRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    MBTA and state officials will meet Monday to discuss proposed modifications to the long-delayed Green Line Extension project into Somerville and Medford. The future of the project has been in question ever since officials revealed last August that its projected cost is $1 billion over its earlier budget.


  5. Somerville, Cambridge Plan To Deliver $75 Million With Hopes Of Advancing Green Line ProjectRead the original story w/Photo

    May 5, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Officials from Somerville and Cambridge said Thursday they expect to contribute a total of $75 million, part of an "unprecedented arrangement," to help complete a scaled-down Green Line Extension project. Somerville is expected to contribute $50 million in "new financial participation," and Cambridge, along with developers of North Point near the Lechmere Station in that city, is projected to make a contribution valued at $25 million, according to an announcement by the two cities.


  6. How Traffic Forms, And How Changing Driver Habits Could HelpRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    The GPS chirps out instructions as Tony Loftis pulls onto the highway in Acton: "Continue on Massachusetts 2 East for nine miles." Loftis always leaves early - around 6:30 or 6:45 - to beat the worst of traffic, but sets the GPS anyway.


  7. Boston-Area Residents Say Traffic Is Getting Worse, But MBTA May Be A SolutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Traffic is getting worse. That's the conclusion of Boston-area residents surveyed in a new WBUR poll .


  8. Is Winter Really Over? After Last Year, Many Say Bring On SpringRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    With temperatures forecast to be near 70, Wednesday may be a day to keep the shades on -- but ditch the scarf. Temperatures across the state Wednesday are expected to reach into the 60s, inching close to 70 degrees here in Boston.


  9. Environmentalists Call On Somerville To Drop Wynn Casino Appeal So Cleanup Can ContinueRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Environmental leaders are calling on the city of Somerville to drop its challenge to the $1.7 billion resort casino planned for Everett so the cleanup of the former industrial site can continue. Wynn Resorts recently halted construction of its casino after Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone appealed the state's decision to grant Wynn a key environmental permit.


  10. Hillary Clinton Narrowly Defeats Bernie Sanders In Mass. Democratic PrimaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Spirits were high Tuesday night in the Whiskey Priest bar on the South Boston waterfront, where Hillary Clinton supporters gathered to watch election returns. Among them was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Clinton's cheerleader in chief in Massachusetts.


  11. Wynn Postpones Groundbreaking For Everett CasinoRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Wynn Resorts is postponing job fairs and the groundbreaking for its $1.7 billion Everett casino, citing a lawsuit from the city of Somerville. Wynn President Robert DeSalvio said at a press conference Wednesday that the delays are necessary because of Somerville's administrative appeal , filed last week with the state over a key environmental permit that was awarded for the project last month.


  12. Somerville Challenges Environmental Permit For Wynn CasinoRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Somerville filed an administrative appeal Thursday with the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The appeal challenges the state's decision to grant the $1.7 billion project a key environmental permit last month.


  13. MBTA Update: Decision On Green Line Extension Likely This Spring, A Bit Of Good Budget NewsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2016 | WBUR-AM Boston

    State transportation officials will likely decide this spring whether or not to move forward with the costly Green Line Extension project. MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola told the T's fiscal control board during a meeting on Monday that the agency plans to have a scaled-down project design and a new budget estimate ready by April 7. DePaola said the agency would then create a new finance plan by May 6, with a discussion on next steps expected at the May 11 joint meeting of the T's control board and the board of the state's Department of Transportation.


  14. As Le Cordon Bleu Boston Closes, Not All Chefs Are Sour About ItRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 20, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    She and Le Cordon Bleu helped bring classic French cuisine into the American kitchen. But now it's closing its 16 cooking schools in the United States - including the Cambridge campus.


  15. Officials 'Reluctant' To Drive More Money Into Green Line ExtensionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 14, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Two members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors on Monday said they are "reluctant" to put more money towards the Green Line Extension project and transportation officials unanimously supported a resolution that keeps project cancellation a major possibility. This summer, transportation officials announced the estimated cost of the trolley extension through Somerville and into Medford had jumped from $2 billion to $3 billion and the MBTA estimated $742 million in "sunk costs" even if the state decides to cancel the project.


  16. Axing Green Line Extension Still On The Table, Pollack SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    As state transportation officials look for ways to cut the cost of building the Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Wednesday canceling the project is still on the table. "We believe that we need to consider not just potentially saying no to this project, but also saying yes to focusing on and investing in the core system with resources that would otherwise be used for this."


  17. 6 Greater Boston Municipalities Form Economic PartnershipRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    As part of the Greater Boston Regional Economic Compact, the six municipalities - Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville - will jointly hire a coordinator to develop a regional economic strategy, and each community "will explore committing funds" to hiring a staffer for the compact, according to a press release . "Economic challenges and opportunities for our region do not stop at our city borders," Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said in the release.


  18. Ready To Ride: Hubway Expands Winter OperationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    Boston-area Hubway riders will have more riding options this winter, as the bike-share system plans to expand its operations. about 110 Hubway stations will remain open through the end of the year.


  19. MBTA's Green Line Extension Project Plagued With Problems From The Outset, Firm SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 1, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    The MBTA's failure to follow best practices for a new contracting process was one of the major factors responsible for driving up the cost the Green Line extension project, consultants told state transportation officials on Monday. The Berkeley Research Group was hired to find out how the estimated cost of completing the Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford swelled from about $2 billion to nearly $3 billion in less than a year.


  20. Muslim Women Hold Boston Vigil To Mourn Victims In ParisRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2015 | WBUR-AM Boston

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, a group of local Muslim women gathered in Copley Square Wednesday to mourn the victims. About two dozen women gathered for what organizers called a "silent vigil" near the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.


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