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Letters | $850m expansion plan for South Station

Modernized hub would elevate Boston on national, world stage

Expanding South Station (“An $850 million plan to return South Station to bygone glory,” Page A1, Feb. 23) would be a major step in improving Massachusetts’ economy and Boston’s standing as a highly competitive peer to other major cities around the nation and world.

Not only would modernizing South Station alleviate delays for commuters, but it would allow Amtrak to improve service to Boston and Springfield on the Washington-to-Boston corridor. And having South Station ready for the inevitable arrival of high-speed rail in the future would be crucial to our economic growth.

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Boston is already a highly desirable destination for meetings and conventions that contribute to our economy. The quick ride from Logan Airport to our convention centers makes it especially appealing to business travelers. By facilitating better, faster service, an expanded South Station — a short walk from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center — could even draw more conventions to the city.

A lot of work has been done in the public and private sectors to grow our economy. It’s time to build on that work by strategically investing in the projects that will allow us to compete and win on the national and global stage.

James E. Rooney

Executive director

Massachusetts Convention

Center Authority

Boston

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