State provides $4 million for renovation of Union Station in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s historic Union Station is set for a major facelift after the state kicked in the final $4 million needed to begin the first phase of construction on the $78 million project.
Gov. Deval Patrick joined local officials Tuesday in a ceremonial demolition of a section of the old terminal.
Officials said the goal is to restore Union Station to its former place as the premier transportation hub in western Massachusetts.
The renovated facility will include a 24-bay bus terminal and 146-space parking garage. It’s expected to help pave the way for improvements to Amtrak’s Vermonter service, including eventual passenger service to Montreal.
The $4 million was included in a transportation bond bill approved by the Legislature earlier this year.
The project received a $17.6 million federal grant in July.