South Station may be on track for a new name, that of Mike Dukakis

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He pleads guilty to being a “rail romantic” and was famous for riding the Green Line. Now, former governor Michael S. Dukakis could realize a rail buff’s dream: seeing his name atop Boston’s main train station. The Massachusetts House voted Wednesday to rename South Station The Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

The bill was quietly pushed by former governor William F. Weld, a Republican, as well as former Dukakis aides. But it came as a surprise to Dukakis.

“I’m honored and flattered,” he said, “but nobody told me about it.” Dukakis said he was wary of seeing his name on the landmark building, which was dedicated on New Year’s Eve 1898 and refurbished in the 1980s, when he was governor.

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