MassDOT today released a drawing with one idea of what the interior of the new South Station could look like when the postal annex is moved somewhere else.
The llighter, airier feel envisioned by the rendering would seem to rule out the mixed-use tower once proposed to be built atop the station. In a post to go with the rendering, MassDOT's Klark Jessen writes:
MassDOT has listened to its customers - the daily users of South Station - and is now exploring design concepts for an expanded South Station that include more light; more open space inside the station; better connections to surrounding neighborhoods; better services and facilities for passengers; better use of technology for passenger information; and waiting areas that are safe, comfortable, and easy to find. Over time, South Station will become more than a rail station: it will feature a great civic space, public venues, shopping, restaurants, and other amenities. The design team is looking for feedback about what you would like to see in the expanded station.
Earlier this week, the company in charge of retail space inside the station announced airport-quality restrooms would be added to the station.