2014 Green Line Forum: May 28, 6PM, Boston Public Library

This year’s Green Line Forum, will be held Wednesday, May 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Copley Library. Dr. Scott and MBTA personnel will discuss the progress that has been made towards addressing concerns raised during last year’s event and update riders on new initiatives. Attendees will be able to ask questions and bring their concerns to the attention of senior MBTA staff.

You can read the full press release on the event here or a the end of this post.

Here’s a video interview with Senator Brownsberger by Chris Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News about this year’s forum:

State Sen. Brownsberger Discusses Green Line Forum from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Last year, Senator Brownsberger hosted a similar forum on the state of the Green Line. More than 100 riders attended to voice their concerns about service and capacity issues. MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott attended, accompanied by a panel of MBTA personnel to answer questions and hear concerns from riders. Senator Brownsberger summarized the issues raised in a letter to MassDOT Secretary Davey. The MBTA responded in a letter that outlined current MBTA initiatives to improve service.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly: andrew.bettinelli@masenate.gov or (617) 722-1280

I hope you can make it!

Andrew Bettinelli
Legislative Aide
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger

Green Line Forum flyer picture

Press Release (updated 5/28):


BOSTON (Friday, May 23, 2014) — A public forum outlining the progress being made to improve the Green Line will be hosted by State Senator Will Brownsberger and other elected officials on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:00 PM at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Rabb Lecture Hall.

MBTA personnel will give a presentation and accept questions from the public. Attendees will hear about short and long term thinking about ways to improve the Green Line:

  • Speed: Reductions in travel time, especially along the surface.
  • Frequency: Schedule adherence, and increases to the number of trains in service especially at rush hour.
  • Capacity: Increases to the number of 3-car trains in service at rush-hour.
  • Transparency: A frank discussion about Green Line operations today, and what improvements are on the way.
  • Accessibility: Improvements recently made, and those under development, and what is to come.

Elected officials co-sponsoring the public meeting are State Senators Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont), Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville); State Representatives Ruth Balser (D-Newton), Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), Jay Livingstone (D-Boston), Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Byron Rushing (D-Boston), Timothy Toomey (D-Cambridge); and Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo (District 9).

“I am grateful for the attention MBTA top management is giving to improving the Green Line. Our forum in 2013 was an outstanding opportunity to hear from a full panel of MBTA personnel on capacity issues and solutions,” said Senator Brownsberger (D-Belmont). “I look forward to another opportunity this year to hear the progress being made to address service challenges and to give feedback to the MBTA.”

For further information contact Andrew Bettinelli, Legislative Aide with Senator Brownsberger, at 617-722-1280 or andrew.bettinelli@masenate.gov. Also visit willbrownsberger.com for a full post on the forum.

The meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities.