SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The long awaited transformation of Springfield’s historic Union Station is finally here.
Governor Deval Patrick, Congressman Richard Neal, and Mayor Domenic Sarno led a list of digitaries who picked up sledge hammers and began the ceremonial demolition at the old site.
Coming down first is the former baggage handling building.
The $48 million phase one of the project also includes the restoration of the historic terminal building.
“Union station is a powerful term, becauise I think it connotes not only America’s industrial past but you can see today what it means to our future,” says Cong. Neal.
Governor Patrick today announced the final $4 million in state funds needed to begin demolition of the old building.
When completed in 2015, the new Union Station will be the hub for bus and rail service including high-speed passenger rail.