Federal, state and city officials gathered at Ruggles station this afternoon to announce a $20-mllion federal grant to build a second commuter rail platform at Ruggles - and fix the crumbling part of the existing platform.
Officials said the project will increase capacity in Ruggles just as Northeastern and other nearby landowners even further develop the area, bringing new jobs - and increased demand on commuter rail. "Roxbury is the location of the future," Sen. Ed Markey said.
State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said the work could begin within the next 12 months. Although it's an important project, "it's not a complicated project," he said.
In addition to the platform work, the money will pay for new elevators and lighting.