Why not instead extend the Orange Line I thought? It's in the same area as the proposed extension, and a fork from Community College would require little deviation from the current plans… one could still make use of the commuter rail rights of way in the vicinity. However, so distorted is the common view of our region's geography, that few believed me when I discussed this. Therefore I give you two maps to compare below. One with the Green Line Extension as proposed (left), and an alternative which extends the Orange Line (right). With the latter, a smaller Green Line Extension is still an option, one that still provides service to Union Square—without a silly single station spur—moves Lechemere, and allows for the Green Line maintenance and storage facility in the pocket near Inner Belt Road.
NOTE: I am not proposing a shortening of the Blue or Red Lines, the missing sections are simply an artifact of how the images were created.