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Student wants your urban design ideas for MBTA Green Line expansion

If you want three months worth of free T passes, all you have to do is submit a design concept to Interactive Somerville’s “Green Line Challenge.”

The idea is to come up with the best use for the abandoned Homans Building located near the spot where the Green Line extension’s Gilman Square station is slated for construction in Somerville.

Following some guidelines, the most creative concept for how to develop the area will win three one-month T passes.

“The hope is that we can take some of these ideas and bring them to the city when they start to discuss what the land could be used for,” said Tufts graduate student Michael Messina, who generated the project as part of his thesis on urban planning and crowd-sourcing.

While the MBTA is not affiliated with the challenge, they did donate the passes to Messina, he said.

So far, submissions have been minimal, but riders have time to create an interesting use for the space.

“Even if you draw on a napkin and scan it and send it to us, it’s fine,” he joked.

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