Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state will close a $4 million dollar funding gap in Springfield’s Union Station reconstruction. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.
Governor Patrick announced the additional state funding as he took part in a ceremonial demolition of a section of the wall of the derelict train station to kick off what will be a $48 million dollar renovation. The project will create a transportation hub in Springfield for high speed rail in the northeast. Governor Patrick said expanding passenger rail is connected to economic recovery.
The state has now put almost $10 million into the Union Station project in Springfield. The bulk of the money for the project has come from the federal government through the efforts of Congressman Richard Neal