Federal stimulus funds mean state to do something about the lung-cancer chamber known as Back Bay station
The state today announced federal funding for a $3-million breath of fresh air: A project to better ventilate the station, which fills with diesel fumes whenever a commuter-rail train pulls in.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the project will go out to bid after contractors finish another federally funded project to fix the station's leaky roof. That $1.6 million project is expected to go out to bid this summer and should take three months, he said.
Other projects covered by the overall $72.5 million federal grant include repairs to Red Line stations in North Quincy and Braintree and "phase 2" of the Ashmont project now that phase 1 is, hmm, is it finished?