Balfour Beatty, part of the Green Line Extension Constructors joint venture, has marked a significant milestone on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s Green Line Extension project, successfully completing one of two lines along the new 4.7-mile light-rail route.
The milestone marks the completion of approximately one mile of double track electrified railroad and construction of two public train stations, extending access from Lechmere Station in Cambridge and Union Station in Somerville.
In addition, alongside its joint venture partners, Balfour Beatty has constructed one traction power substation, four signal houses and an Overhead Contact System, as well as 13-track storage yards and a mile-long viaduct.
Mark Konchar, Balfour Beatty Senior Vice president and Managing Director of U.S. Rail Operations said: “The opening of the Union Square Line of MBTA’s Green Line Extension project is a major milestone in the delivery of the light-rail system that will significantly enhance the travel experience for passengers and provide reliable public transit service.
“I would like to personally thank each of our teammates and partners’ efforts in safely achieving the official opening of the light-rail’s first line between Lechmere and Union Square stations. We look forward to the entire team working together to efficiently and safely deliver the next vital section of the railway that will open another revenue service for commuting passengers throughout the Boston community.”
The next phase of works, due to complete this Summer will see the construction of five new stations along a second line. Once complete, the Green Line Extension project will significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with traffic congestion and provide better journeys and connections for the community of Somerville.
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