Amtrak Fully On Board South Station Expansion Plan

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Amtrak says it is pursuing talks with the U.S. Postal Service to acquire the land it needs to expand Boston's South Station.

The Boston Globe reports Amtrak, the MBTA, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation wrote a letter to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) about reopening negotiations to buy the postal service's 14-acre site overlooking Fort Point Channel.

Amtrak confirmed to WBZ NewsRadio they, the MBTA, and MassDOT are pursuing talks with the postal service, but did not provide any further details.

The facility located at the site is currently the postal service's Boston Processing and Distribution Center and General Mail Facility located at 25 Dorchester Avenue. 

Previous attempts to make a deal with the USPS have been unsuccessful.

One Amtrak rider thinks expanding South Station is a great idea. "It would add to convenience by having more train options while cutting down on people riding in their cars," he said. 

Governor Healey is on record supporting the South Station expansion plan that would allow train service to grow in the northeast.

South Station is already running at its capacity, which is making expansion plans difficult, according to the Globe.

But, with Amtrak now reportedly fully on board plans to reopen negotiations to buy the USPS site, the chance of the expansion plan moving forward appears more likely than in years past.

WBZ James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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