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Monday, May 07, 2012

Massachusetts intermodal center opens

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John W. Olver Intermodal Center John W. Olver Intermodal Center Federal Transit Administration

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and other dignitaries dedicated the The John W. Olver Intermodal Center in Greenfield, Mass., which will serve as a central hub for transportation in the heart of the northwest community's urban renewal zone.

Rogoff was joined by retiring Congressman John Olver, Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Jim McGovern.

The spacious Olver Center replaces the old Franklin County transit hub, where passengers were forced to wait for buses on two benches in crowded conditions outside Greenfield City Hall.

In addition, as a result of the Olver Center, Greenfield residents will soon have access to Amtrak's Vermonter passenger rail service. The Olver Center will serve as a stop on the Vermonter line, which will undergo extensive improvements between Springfield and East Northfield, Mass., beginning this summer. The Olver Center is expected to be energy-neutral, saving as much energy as it uses, using, for example, solar power to light and heat the building.

The Olver Center was funded with $15.1 million from the Federal Transit Administration, including a $12.8 million boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.d The restored Amtrak service received Recovery Act funds totaling $72.8 million from the Federal Railroad Administration.

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