Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

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Over the past couple days, I took some pictures of the current progress at most of the stations...

Starting from the top, Medford/Tufts. Here's the crossover right before the new station (featuring a northbound Downeaster):
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And a couple pictures of the Medford/Tufts station itself:
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Next, moving down to Ball Square (from the Broadway bridge), you can clearly see how the station will tie into the bridge:
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And then on to Magoun Square (from the Lowell St bridge):
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And, on the other side of the bridge, the new part of the Community Path is taking shape:
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Next, some pictures of the future Gilman Square station (a couple from the School St bridge, and one from down on Medford St):
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I didn't make it to East Somerville, but we can jump over to Union Square next (looks like they're making some progress on whatever they're building next to the new station too):
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And, finally, some pictures of new Lechmere (the new station entrances are starting to take shape, but it's still a bit hard to get a feel for what they'll look like when it's all done):
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Hope y'all enjoy!
 

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It surprises me how narrow the entrance to Ball Sq from the bridge is; the gap between the bollards looks barely one wheelchair wide.
And is it just me, or does the bridge at Magoun Sq look like a gangplank to a floating dock?
 

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The Magoun entry is also supposed to have a bike cage. I expect that folks with panniers will get hung up on the bollards when riding through them.
 

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Sorry for the quality, but I thought you might like a slightly different perspective.

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Speaking of entrances to the new stops, how will one get into the East Somerville station? Somewhere off of Washington near Olivias Steakhouse, or between the bridge and the building (seen below), or Joy street (which is the side I assume the community path gives access?) Anyone share the latest plans/drawings pls?

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Speaking of entrances to the new stops, how will one get into the East Somerville station? Somewhere off of Washington near Olivias Steakhouse, or between the bridge and the building (seen below), or Joy street (which is the side I assume the community path gives access?) Anyone share the latest plans/drawings pls?

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East Somerville, like every stop (except Lechmere & Ball Sq) is missing at least 1 obvious entrance where you ask “why didn’t they just connect it to a more obvious intersection” or “why not both ends?” And the answer appears to be a little bit on abutters and a lot of Value Engineering.

it isn’t much consolation to note that we’ve been saying the same thing In the “transformation” thread about Sullivan’s lack of a footbridge to the Somerville side of its tracks
 

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They definitely had to cut a lot of costs to get it built, and it almost still didnt, so unfortunately it just is what it is for now. The good thing is once the glx is built out and running it wont be too hard to add a few things here and there to improve things over time. Its a lot better to add some entrances to an existing transit network than have a perfect system that never gets off the ground.

The best part in my opinion is that its getting built (obviously) and that its entirely grade separated. The ROW was already separated, but just as far as how effective it is going to be at moving people, its going to be very high day 1. Its going to be one of the best sections of the entire green line system from a throughput/transit time standpoint so adding a couple more minor things isnt a big deal in the grand scheme when were getting a grade separated powerhouse.
 

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East Somerville, like every stop (except Lechmere & Ball Sq) is missing at least 1 obvious entrance where you ask “why didn’t they just connect it to a more obvious intersection” or “why not both ends?” And the answer appears to be a little bit on abutters and a lot of Value Engineering.

it isn’t much consolation to note that we’ve been saying the same thing In the “transformation” thread about Sullivan’s lack of a footbridge to the Somerville side of its tracks
Look at the secondary access locations. They left routes that will be adjacent development locations. Gilman station and East Somerville (future Curtatone Square station ;) ) will have a second entrance proposed as soon as development permitting begins.
 

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Look at the secondary access locations. They left routes that will be adjacent development locations. Gilman station and East Somerville (future Curtatone Square station ;) ) will have a second entrance proposed as soon as development permitting begins.
Where does one find and look at these secondary access locations? I’m not seeing it in the drawing posted above.
 

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For East Somerville, the emergency egress is at the north end of the platform. That could easily be the site for a direct entrance to Washington Street, as was originally planned. Gilman Square lacks a direct entrance to Medford Street (again, the original and sensible plan), but it would not be difficult to add later. I could also see second entrances at Union Square (footbridge to both sides of the tracks from the east end), Magoun Square (to Murdock Street, where the emergency exit is), and Ball Square (to the north side of the tracks) being viable and relatively inexpensive add-ons later to shorten the walk from nearby neighborhoods.

BTW, the most recent station designs (November 2019) are here. Not all are 100% design, but I doubt there's been any substantial changes.
 

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For East Somerville, the emergency egress is at the north end of the platform. That could easily be the site for a direct entrance to Washington Street, as was originally planned. Gilman Square lacks a direct entrance to Medford Street (again, the original and sensible plan), but it would not be difficult to add later. I could also see second entrances at Union Square (footbridge to both sides of the tracks from the east end), Magoun Square (to Murdock Street, where the emergency exit is), and Ball Square (to the north side of the tracks) being viable and relatively inexpensive add-ons later to shorten the walk from nearby neighborhoods.

BTW, the most recent station designs (November 2019) are here. Not all are 100% design, but I doubt there's been any substantial changes.
Thanks for sharing that link. I’m not really following how there’d ever be direct access from Washington street. Unless you come up under/through the bridge in between the tracks?

Regarding the Gilman stop access from Medford St - won’t the community path provide direct access?
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Yes, between the tracks was the original plan for East Somerville. The tracks north of the station are now slightly closer together, so you'd have to go to street level at the north end of the platform with a short tunnel to Washington Street, but that's doable.

Similarly, the Gilman Square design had a headhouse near the Medford/Pearl intersection (Gilman Square proper), as well as the south entrance. The addition of the west entrance in the current design is a definite plus, but the Pearl Street entrance needs to be built next to the substation. It would shorten the walk from the northeast by about 500 feet (2 minutes) of walking - that's a substantial amount for a new entrance.
 

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