SOMERVILLE (AP) — A major Massachusetts transportation project is under way.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, a Democrat, for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the $2.3 billion Green Line extension project.READ MORE: Mother Accused Of Putting Baby In Trash Can Charged With Attempted Murder
It’s designed to extend the public transit line about 4.7 miles through east Cambridge into Somerville and Medford.
Chao used the event to announce the release of a $225 million federal grant agreement for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to extend the Green Line.READ MORE: Thieves Target Toyota Prius Catalytic Converters In Cambridge
The project includes seven new light rail stations, the replacement or rehabilitation of eight bridges, and a new pedestrian/bike path.
The extension is expected to generate about 40,000 new transit trips a day, improving access to jobs and opportunities in Boston and the communities of Somerville and Medford.MORE NEWS: Mitt Romney Taken To Hospital For 'A Lot Of Stitches' After Fall In Boston
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