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July 18, 2012
Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Transportation will visit Springfield on Monday to tour the historic landmark   

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that nearly $21 million in federal funding has been formally approved for Springfield's Union Station and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA). Approximately $17 million will be used in the planned renovation of the historic landmark in the city's northern blocks region, and an additional $3.9 million will be directed to the PVTA for the maintenance of the local public transportation system. He also announced that the United States Secretary of Transportation, Raymond H. LaHood, will visit Springfield on Monday to meet with local officials to discuss the $45 million redevelopment project and tour the historic train station.

"I have been determined to turn Union Station into a modern intermodal transportation for many years. Restoring this historic structure, and turning it into a thriving 21st Century transportation center has been a top priority of mine going back to my days as Mayor. I remain convinced that the successful renovation of Union Station can literally transform the north blocks of downtown Springfield. The renewal of this local treasure has been confirmed with today's announcement, and a new generation of travelers will soon be passing through its doors.

With $72 million in federal funds being used to renovate the Connecticut River rail line, and bring high speed rail to western New England, more than $100 million is being invested in our local infrastructure. In addition to improving our transportation system, these important projects will also bring much needed economic development and jobs to the Pioneer Valley. I want to personally thank Secretary LaHood for his ongoing support to our region, and look forward to timely visit to Union Station next week," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

The complete renovation of Union Station into a regional intermodal transportation center is expected to cost $45 million. The building is owned by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Demolition of a portion of the facility will begin later this year, and construction work will start in the spring 2013. Union Station was built in 1926. Details of Secretary LaHood's visit to western Massachusetts will be released at the end of the week.