SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A once proud piece of Springfield has become nothing more than an eyesore. Now a restoration project more than two decades in the making has an end in sight.
The re-opening of Springfield’s Union Station has been talked about so much with such little progress, that it has felt like a fantasy. That is now a reality. The MassDOT Board of Directors approved more than $16 million for the future regional transportation center in Springfield’s North End. This brings the total funding to $65.7 million.
“It confirms that we have enough funds on hand to go out and actually build it”, says Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy.
The goal is for Union Station to become the transportation hub of Springfield combining all the train and bus services.
“I think people want to go, sit or wait in a nice area, there are already many commercial activities proposed for using that space. so I think it’s just a matter of getting on with the construction of it. I think when people see that construction begin, they’re going to know that this is a certainty”, says Congressman Richard Neal, (D) Massachusetts.
Demolition will continue in April. In September, the renovations will begin. Union Station is expected to open in the summer of 2016.
Kennedy told 22News they are close to reaching deals with Springfield’s two major bus providers.
“Were getting very close to putting the name on the dotted line and moving ahead, all indications are that the bus bays for Peter Pan and the ticketing for Peter Pan along with the bus bays and ticketing for PVTA is a go”, says Kennedy.
Kennedy told 22News all their environment road blocks have been cleared.
Peter Pan Bus Lines Owner Peter Picknelly was not immediately available to comment on this story.