August 7, 2009

Secretary Ian Bowles
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114
Attention: MEPA Office, EEA #12565, Richard Bourre, Assistant Director
E-mail: Richard.Bourre@state.ma.us

Dear Secretary Bowles:

Please reconsider your decision to bypass Wellington in Everett and to relegate Somerville's connection to a spur to Assembly Square from Sullivan Station. In order to reach Wellington from the Urban Ring, riders will have to get off the Urban Ring and backtrack along the Orange Line, which sacrifices one of the main reasons for doing the Urban Ring in the first place, avoiding changes. Furthermore, because access to Assembly Square is along a spur, service is likely to be less frequent than if it were along the main loop, making access to development there more difficult.

Thank you for your attention.

David Dahlbacka