Union Station project: Another round of funding secured

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP)–After years of delays, Springfield’s Union Station rehabilitation project has made it through another funding obstacle.

The Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved the final $16.5 million needed to close a funding gap for the long-awaited transportation center.  That means the project will be able to move past the demolition phase and into the construction phase.

This part of the project will include restoring the terminal building, and building a bus terminal and 146-space parking garage.  MassDOT representatives are calling this a “major milestone” for this long-awaited project.

Just last month, workers finished knocking down an old parking garage between Frank B. Murray Street and Liberty Street.

The MassDOT says the construction phase could begin this summer for the project, which was originally expected to cost $81 million.

The following is a detailed look at the two-phases of the project according to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority:

Phase I will include:

  • Restoration of Terminal Building and its central concourse.
  • Removal of the Baggage Building and construction of a 24-bay bus terminal and a 146-space parking garage, with 4 additional bus bays on adjacent site.
  • Reopening and restoring of the passenger tunnel linking the terminal building to rail boarding platforms and pedestrian access to the downtown.
  • New stair and elevator access from re-opened passenger tunnel leading to passenger rail boarding platforms.

Phase II will include:

  • Transit-related administrative functions.
  • Additional parking spaces.
  • Development of transit-related commercial space.

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