- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - The $2.3 billion project to extend Green Line service to Somerville and Medford is about to receive its first check from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday it will issue $100 million to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as the first installment in grant funding for the long-stalled project.

The 4.7 mile Green Line extension got the go-ahead from the Federal Transit Administration after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration submitted a scaled-down plan aimed at reducing the overall price tag.

The federal government has pledged just under $1 billion for the project, with the state committed to paying the bulk of the remaining costs.

The MBTA last month named Green Line Constructors, a consortium of several engineering and construction firms, to serve as lead contractor.

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