MassDOT Allocates Over $16M to Union Station Project
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — MassDOT has contributed the final puzzle piece to get Springfield’s Union Station project off the ground.
The Department of Transportation designated $16.5 million dollars to the city’s Redevelopment Authority to complete a funding package for the first phase of the plan.
With over $65 million secured, crews will construct a 26 bay bus terminal for regional and intercity service, build a four level parking garage, and renovate the station’s 37,000 square foot first floor.
“Springfield is located at a strategic crossroads for both north-south and east-west interstate highway and railroad corridors in a key region of the Commonwealth. With these additional resources, the city of Springfield is guaranteed that its potential as a major regional mobility hub will be realized,” explains MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey.
The project is expected to be complete by July 2016.
Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy says the funding is welcome news,” It’s exciting, we’re finally there, and all those hopes and promises we’ve been talking about for a while people are really going to see it,” says Kennedy.
Springfield Congressman Richard Neal has brought home plenty of federal bacon over the years to keep the project alive,”Obviously I’m pleased, as you know this has been a significant challenge for a considerable period of time, I’ve not lost my determination to see it through,” says Congressman Neal.
A second phase planned for the station would renovate the upper two floors of the terminal building, and would create additional commercial and retail space, as well as expand the parking garage by 120 spaces.