New England News
6:10 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Union Station Renovation To Begin

Federal, state and local officials on Tuesday will mark the start of construction on a new transportation center in Springfield Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Union Station in Springfield MA
Union Station in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Richard Neal will lead a ceremony to begin a $48 million dollar renovation of Springfield’s historic Union Station.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the old downtown station, that closed in 1973, will be completely renovated. When finished it will bring inter city rail,  mass transit buses and inter city bus services all to a single location.

Officials say the new modern station will be part of a growing network of high speed passenger rail in the northeast.