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MBTA looking at Chelsea-Everett Silver Line connection



The MBTA is considering several Silver Line Extension bus routes to determine the best way to connect Chelsea and Everett to their neighboring communities.

Seven options — three that would connect Chelsea to the Orange Line through the existing Silver Line 3 route, and four that would link Everett and Chelsea to Kendall or downtown Boston as part of a new SL6 service — will be discussed during a public meeting on Dec. 13.

MBTA spokesperson Lisa Battiston said the Silver Line Extension project team could come to the conclusion that the best way to connect those communities is through “a combination of an SL3 alternative and SL6 alternative.”

“The project team modeled the SL3 and SL6 alternatives separately, with the intent of then modeling a combination of alternatives depending on the results of the initial model run,” Battiston said.

A lack of access to fast, reliable transit in Everett and Chelsea, where many residents rely on public transportation, prompted the MBTA to start looking into an extension of Silver Line service, according to its website.

The T launched the Silver Line Extension, SL3, from South Station to Chelsea, in 2018. And it is conducting an analysis for further expansion, based on the results of the MBTA’s Focus40 Plan, which recommended that the service be extended into Everett and beyond.



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