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MBTA South Station Expansion Design The Patrick-Murray Administration has submitted formal application for federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the design phase of the Boston South Station Expansion Project.

The $32.5 million grant application if approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration would fund the environmental permitting and design phase of the expansion project, which includes relocating the United State Postal Service facility and constructing seven new tracks at South Station.  The expansion will support a significant increase in Amtrak Acela Express High Speed Rail service to Boston along with planned MBTA commuter rail service expansion.

The South Station High Speed Rail Project will:

•    Construct seven new station tracks, expanding South Station capacity from 13 to 20 tracks;
•    Relocate the United States Postal Service facility to facilitate the expansion;
•    Reconfigure three critical track interlockings.

In the long term, the project will provide for excess capacity to allow further service expansion beyond those currently planned for Amtrak and commuter rail.  The project has received strong support from Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service. 

The South Station Project application is part of the latest round of applications under the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program and follows earlier successful grant applications by Massachusetts and other New England states. 

In January 2010, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $70 million in High Speed Rail federal stimulus funds for final design and construction of the “Knowledge Corridor” along the Connecticut River rail line in western Massachusetts.   The $70 million grant award was part of $485 million in stimulus funds invested to improve rail lines in the Northeast Corridor.

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