Union Station project still on track, despite new costs

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After years of delays, Springfield’s Union Station construction project is well underway. The project to revitalize the train station, which closed in 1972, has been talked about for decades, but has only recently started to happen.

The new station will be an “intermodal transit center,” meaning in addition to trains, it will include a bus terminal. It will also house retail kiosks, shops, restaurants, and businesses. The facility will also include a six-story parking garage.

22News spoke with Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy, who said that the project is moving ahead on pace, but that as it progresses, added costs continue to pop up.

“Budget-wise, that’s always been a continual problem with a building this old. Every time you open something up, you get a little bit of a surprise on the inside. But you just deal with it and move on,” Kennedy said.

He said that currently, the project is costing $84 million, which is being funded with a combination of city, state, and federal tax dollars. The project has another year before it’s complete.

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