The new STEP comments address station design, sitting, and access; community path integration; the maintenance facility; and regional environmental justice. STEP agrees with MGNA (Medford Green Line Neighborhood Alliance) on objectives:
Designing and constructing the Mystic Valley Parkway / Route 16 terminus at the same time as the rest of the project.
but suggests alternative means:
There has been considerable discussion about whether to accept the DEIR as a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) or to require that it be treated as a DEIR and demand that changes be made in a subsequent FEIR.
To avoid the significant delay that a separate FEIR would entail, the most critical issues with the DEIR could either be addressed in a Supplemental EIR, or in Addenda to the FEIR.
In addition to these words from STEP today, there are a few other documents now available at Inside Medford.
Mayor McGlynn released his response to the DEIR document today, and actually it’s far better than I expected from him.
If the Proponent would fulfill both its commitment to work with us, and its obligation to provide adequate and transparent information, the construction of this project from Lechmere Station to Mystic Valley Parkway could be achieved in a way that not only improves public transit but improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
However, repeated language about the need “to work in partnership with the City” seems a tad disingenuous given the total lack of initiative demonstrated by the City so far on issues that really should be driven by the City; enforcement around parking, for one example.
The city did hire an engineering consultant to provide a technical review the DEIR, and they put together a 65-page analysis that informed Mayor McGlynn’s response to the DEIR. (And it will give me a bit more homework to do before I send off my own comment letter.)
Don’t forget to ensure that your comments arrive by Friday, January 8!:
All written comments must include EEA #13886
And be submitted by email, fax or mail to:
Secretary Ian Bowles
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Attn: Holly Johnson, MEPA Analyst
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114