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3/3/2005



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FTA continues to fund facelift for historic Virginia station



The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to the city of Richmond, Va., to continue restoring the century-old Main Street Station.

The grant will help fund platform and parking lot improvements, a ticket office expansion and bus terminal work. The city also will restore the station’s train shed — the last of its kind in the country and a national historic landmark, according to a prepared statement.

Completed in December 2003, the first phase of the restoration included rehabilitating the main station building, and constructing a platform and parking facility.

After all renovations are complete, the station will become a multi-modal facility, integrating rail service with trolley, bus, airport shuttle, taxi and limousine services.

So far, FTA has provided $42 million for the project.



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