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Work officially gets underway on Ruggles Station improvement project

Officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a $38.5 million improvement project at Boston’s Ruggles Station on Tuesday morning.

The project will give Ruggles—a stop for the Orange Line subway, commuter rail, and 20 bus routes and shuttles—a new 800-foot commuter rail platform, a reconstructed lower busway, new elevators, wider sidewalks, and pedestrian safety upgrades, according to a release from Governor Charlie Baker’s office.

“This investment will improve service for riders and access to neighborhoods and employers in Boston for all communities around this T stop,” Baker said in a statement.

According to the release, 30 percent of inbound trains do not stop at Ruggles because of its current platform’s limitations and congestion. The new platform will allow more trains to stop, Baker said, providing better access to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area and Northeastern University.

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The project is being funded by a $20 million federal Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery (TIGER) VI Grant, $6.8 million from the Federal Transit Administration, and $11.7 million from the state MBTA Revenue Bond fund, the release says.

Construction is expected to last until 2019.