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Noise Barriers, Retaining Walls Part of the Plan for Green Line Extension

Over four miles of retaining wall a two miles of noise barriers will be part of the Green Line Extension project.

Over four miles of retaining wall and two miles of noise barriers will be part of the Green Line Extension project, according to a recent MassDOT presentation.

And, while the new trains will bring noise, planners believe the new walls will leave abutting neighborhoods quieter than they are now.

"Future noise levels are expected to be lower than existing noise levels with the noise barriers at most locations along the existing commuter lines," one presentation slide said.

In all, about 4.5 miles of retaining wall and 2.4 miles of noise barrier will be implemented along the Green Line Extension's route. The project will extend the line through Somerville mostly along an above-ground rail bed currently used for commuter trains to a terminal station at College Avenue in Medford, with seven stops along the way.

About one mile along the tracks will have both a retaining wall and noise barrier, according to the presentation, made in late May.

Prior to the noise barriers, extending the line will add about 10 decibles to noise conditions in areas where there is not already commuter rail tracks, and a few decibles to areas where there are commuter rail tracks, according to the presentation.

The barriers, which will vary in height from 6' to 23', will aim to reduce noise five decibels or more and eliminate any potential severe noise impacts.

In all, 133 residences near the rail bed will have a noise barrier or retaining wall, and 37 residences will have a view over one of the walls, according to the presentation.

The Green Line Extension project is being implemented by the state as part of a settlement related to air quality mitigation stemming from Boston's Big Dig highway project. The extension is expected to be completed by 2020, and is projected to cost $1 billion.

marie a July 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
who is this supposed to be serving?if its for tufts, end it there, we dont need the foot traffic here...one of Medford's best qualities is its peacefulness and lack of transient and unwanted traffic .. read the Victory Park incident of Friday July 6, 2012...ok?
raymay July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM
If you mean by "this" the Green Line extension, I -- and over 2,500 signers of a petition -- would like it to extend to Route 16. It's not for Tufts, it's for everyone. Also, the Victory Park incident happened without the benefit of the Green Line, I don't see the connection. Sounds like Medford is not as peaceful as you might think...
Ken Krause July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The noise and vibration barriers are one of the numerous benefits the Green Line Extension will bring to Medford residents, in particular, reducing the effects of the commuter rail trains that for decades have roared by their homes without anything to block their sound or vibration. As for the Green Line bringing “transient and unwanted traffic” to our peaceful town, the city of Newton has seven Green Line stations yet annually is rated one of the safest communities in the country. It is short-sighted to deny ourselves superior public transportation services due to unwarranted fears of undesirables taking over our city. The Green Line Extension, seamlessly added to an existing rail corridor with no residential displacement, is a once-in-a-century opportunity that will be an asset to this community for generations to come.
MO July 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What 2500 signatures? How many are anonymous? Signed more than once? Not from Medford? All the usual suspects are starting these petitions and strong-arming their way to what they want on us. No one I know wants this in Medford.
Ken Krause July 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
None of the signatures were "anonymous" (unlike most of the posts on this site, which violates the Patch Terms of Service). You can see the names of all 2,110 people who signed the petition online at http://www.petitiononline.com/MGNA16/petition.html (another 400+ signed paper petitions). All of these signatures are also posted with the Green Line public meeting documents at www.greenlineextension.org. More than 1,000 of the people who signed are Medford residents, representing all parts of the city. It was the largest petition presented to the Medford City Council in decades. No one was strong-armed to sign. Moreover, over the last eight years, public comment letters consistently have been 90 to 95 percent in favor of the extension. At the most recent planning meeting where funding was approved, in June, there were 75 letters received in favor of the project and only one letter opposed.
MO July 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM
The usual suspects I'm sure wrote those 75 letters too, and those 75 people do not represent what Medford wants. They are nothing but community organizers strongarming their way to their vision of Medford. Where are the last names on this petition? Many missing addresses or initials only with no address...ANONYMOUS!!!
Ken Krause July 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The petition vendor changed its privacy policy and now truncates names. The complete list with full names, along with a map showing all the locations of the Medford signees, is here: http://www.medfordgreenline.org/?p=78 Once again, the only anonymous signature in this discussion is yours.
Margaret Weigel July 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Medford has over 55,000 residents or so, the majority of whom are adults; you may not know anyone who supports this extension , but that does not mean they do not exist. I support the Green Line extension to Route 16, and so does Ken K. So now you know two people who do. There are many, many more. In general, what I'm hearing are three arguments: 1. Medford is not the way it used to be; and 2. I don't like these changes, and 3). I have no control over these changes. I have no doubt about the first statement. I can't really speak about #2, having only lived here for close to a decade. Sometimes things change for the better, sometimes for the worse. As for #3, sometimes you can influence the changes coming your way. By, for instance, writing a letter. if you believe that opposition to the Green Line in Medford is overwhelming, show the letters and petitions that back you up. Without that, it's just your word against actual evidence of broad-based support.
MO July 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
If all you want to do is change Medford why did you leave Cambridge? We don't want to be Cambridge. Your broad based support is all a scam on the residents of this city.
Abe July 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Look at what the MBTA has done for Malden. It made it an extension of Dorchester. Medford deserves better and MO I agree 100%.
Margaret Weigel July 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
MO, how is broad-based support a scam? Please explain. And I'm using my real name, perhaps you could use yours as well.
Abe July 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
That is your real name? Who cares?
MO July 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Thanks Abe, it's killing them. HA!
raymay July 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
MO, why are you harrassing that poster? Looks like you Googled her; sorta creepy actually.
MO July 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It's called a conversation. Trust me, there was no need to Google.
Jarret Bencks (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
A comment on this thread was deleted for being a personalized attack and for being off-topic.
Christine Bennett July 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
My concern is not just noise barriers, but the effect that the removal of all of the trees in the area will have. I am also concerned about the amount of traffic that will be coming to this area, increasing pollution to our city (which was confirmed at the Brooks School meeting). The T needs to resolve it's current issues BEFORE adding to them!
ella watson July 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I suggest that the HOMES OF RESIDENTS that live near the tracks..those that will feel the most direct impact of the station coming to route 16..SELL THEIR HOMES to those that SIGNED THE PETITION....any takers? also...I know for a fact that some signatures on the petition are Bogus and Fraudulent...if you check the city census..you will find fraud...this will come up at some point..but not till we are done checking..and we are checking..You would be surprised to see .. who say they live hear..but you cant find them on any census for any year.. if their is even one fraudulent signature..their may be many...only time will tell. So..... to those that lied on the petition and or their census...be afraid..be very afraid..Lying on a cencus is a crime...and you will be exposed ..in due time.
ella watson July 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
...are you comparing us to Newton...which one..the city or the cookie?
Jarret Bencks (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A comment on this thread was deleted for being off topic.
ella watson July 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I totally agree with Bennett... NO-TREES...ADDED POLUTION...MORE TRAFFIC..with no-enforcement...and the smallest amount of officers and vehicles...The "groups" in medford that have all the same members..just different organization names..want all these new IDEAS to happen here..but no-one to protect the residents ..their homes...their livelihood
ella watson July 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
The petition includes names of people that signed.. they say live in medford..chose an address in medford ..yet they don't reside here and are not part of our census....in any year..you can go back 10-12 years. These people have either lied on our census..or lied on your petition..either way..doesn't look good. The names in question..are people known..in the city..and know to your "group" its happening..Right under your nose...
MO July 12, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Nice work Ella. We’ve all thought the greenline petition was a scam and now we can be sure. The petition morphed over time from 100’s of anymous to some names, then to full names. These “groups” have infested many aspects of this city. The greenline, the technology committee etc. Take a look at most any petition and you’ll find the same names scattered amongst the signatures. They’re all drinking the “green” KoolAid and serving it up too. Michael Marks nailed it at the City Council meeting last night!
MO July 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Let's hope it's a wake up call to all parents in this city after some of our own city teenagers were robbed at gunpoint the other night at Victory Park. Kudos to D'Antonio for speaking out at the meeting. The greenline will be a greenlight for these thugs to just keep coming on in...with their guns.
ella watson July 12, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Mo..You are $o right....The same people belong to the same groups .M Marks did it justice..with the "Kool Aid".... at the city council meeting. I never realised the Mayor had so much imagination....and a fine actor to boot.. My Mother always says.." A Fish Rots from the Head Down"...we live by a river..totally appropriate
Ann Frenning Kossuth July 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I am so proud to see my neighbors caring about this great City of Medford. Most of the people I've met since my husband and I moved here (to give our baby a nice place to live) are down-to-earth smart folks with good values like sticking together to improve the community. I applaud everyone on this "platform" for voicing their opinions because that's the American way. And we should know, because the great City of Medford was here for the very start of it all! Getting to know your neighbors, really listening to them, I think this is one of the best ways to make this world a better place. Thank you all... for caring.
ella watson July 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Ann Frenning Kossuth, Welcome to Medford. Medford is a great city..but not a safe city. If your walk our parks,streets and squares in Medford..it will only take a few minutes to find them full of trash.If your keep looking ..you will find beer containers and/or hypodermic needles. You have to take your life into your own hands..if you want to cross any main streets. If you go to our schools you will see our youth riding to school on bikes with No-helmets. While school is getting ready to open between 7am -8am..while your child is busing or walking..you will find 2-3 police cruisers parked idling behind Stop and Shop parking lot...even on the most dangerous snow days. Poor lighting or No-lighting in area's of Medford..ex. Condon Shell,Medford Square. Double parked cars..trucks..delivery vehicles violating traffic laws on a daily basic..with pedestrians trying to menuver how and where to cross. Trash violations to the point of The Board of Health being involved,won't happen. Liquid lunches(you know who you are,and we know who you are) while at or retuning to work. Until we take care of our small laws..we will never have a great or safe city. Its a New Year for Medford..more taxes with less services. Cronyism is thriving. The Mayor will probably have a Major lawsuit... when somone gets seriouly injured at the police station, DPW yard, our unmaintained schools and parks, killed in a crosswalk, or someone getting sick from food(improper temps) at events in the city, not so GREAT
Katheryn September 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Tell does this sound familiar, I have provided a link to a story on the Temecula Patch. Please read the story and watch the video in the story. Add this to all your facebook accounts, get the word out. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds

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