MEDFORD—The long-anticipated Somerville/Medford Green Line Extension opened on Monday, fulfilling a decades-old promise to finally bring shitty, sporadic T service to East Somerville, Medford, and Tufts University. The project suffered several years of construction delays and cost overruns before it was able to eventually deliver on the MBTA’s long-term goal of bringing residents of popular locales, like Ball Square, Magoun Square, and Gilman Square, the same unpleasant, unreliable Green Line access that other neighborhoods in the region begrudgingly put up with.
As Tufts students and Somervillians alike lined up in the cold Monday morning to hop on loud, dirty trolleys that may or may not arrive on time, outgoing Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised the opening of the GLX. “I am proud that more folks than ever can experience the infuriating delays, derailments, and occasional fires that Boston residents must tolerate on their daily commutes aboard the T’s aging, neglected subway lines,” he said, smiling.
At press time, there was no official word yet on when, if ever, the MBTA would finally build a direct connection between the crappy, undependable Blue Line and the decrepit, accident-prone Red Line.