Green Line Extension Project Seeks DBEs
By Leslie McMillan
The 4.3 miles of extended light rail service in the Greater Boston area have been frequently under discussion and haltingly in the works for decades. Today, the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension Project of the commonwealth’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is rolling forward toward its scheduled completion in December 2021 as the design-build project progresses into more visible aspects of construction work.
The Green Line Extension will expand light rail service from Cambridge through Somerville to Medford on the Green Line, which originates in downtown Boston. The busy Green Line retains tunnel sections from its opening days in 1897 and is recognized as America’s oldest subway system.
GLX Constructors is the joint venture selected in late 2017 to execute the project. The primary partners in the joint venture are Fluor Enterprises, Inc. (Fluor), The Middlesex Corporation (Middlesex), Herzog Contracting Corp. (Herzog), and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. (Balfour Beatty), teaming with the lead designer, STV Incorporated (STV). They are actively seeking certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project. See their project advertisement below.
Certified DBE firms are invited to register with GLX Constructors so this information can be on record as goods and services are needed. They will provide email notifications to registered firms. To fill out the short notice of interest form, please visit here.
For more information on MBTA’s DBE program, you may visit here.
MBTA announced this week that the next major project steps include the temporary closure of three bridges in Somerville in order to advance GLX construction. This will involve infrastructure improvements as well as widening to accommodate new light rail tracks and rights of way.
According to the MBTA, the Broadway Bridge in Ball Square will close from March 22, 2019, through March 2020; the Washington Street Bridge (Underpass) in East Somerville will close from April 2019 to fall 2019 and from spring 2020 to fall 2020; and the Medford Street Bridge in Gilman Square will close from July 2019 through spring 2020.
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said, “This is a major step forward to bring Green Line service to the communities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. While we acknowledge this work will cause disruptions at times, we have an obligation to our customers, the communities we serve, and taxpayers to deliver this important investment, and to do so on time and on budget. This is an exciting milestone for GLX. I want to thank the residents and businesses along the project corridor for their patience while construction takes place."
The GLX Phase 1 construction contract was completed previously. This included reconstructing the Harvard Street Railroad Bridge in Medford and the Medford Street Railroad Bridge in Somerville, as well as demolishing the MBTA-owned facilities at 21 Water Street in Cambridge.
The GLX Constructors website provides additional project details, noting, "Our commitment is to execute the Green Line Extension Project to increase mobility throughout this historic area—improving air quality, distributing the volume of transit riders, and supporting sustainable development along the way. Our team members have locally partnered with the MBTA for more than thirty-five years, and we carry years of complex rail experience—individually and collectively—to meet the needs of those who depend on the Green Line daily. Working as 'One Team with One Goal,' we will work carefully with the MBTA and stakeholders to make certain this critical project will be successfully designed, constructed, and commissioned—holding closely the needs of the community with each decision."
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation website for the Green Line Extension Project says, "The project will significantly reduce vehicle trips and related air emissions while increasing access to fast and reliable public transit service in historically underserved areas. The project is expected to support increased ridership of more than 50,000 passenger trips per day once completed."
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