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MBTA Station Renamed for Dukakis

In ceremonies Nov. 10, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick rededicated Boston’s South Station as “Governor Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center” in recognition of the former governor’s advocacy of public transportation.

“Gov. Dukakis is not just a proponent of public transportation, he is one of the MBTA’s best customers,” said Beverly Scott, general manager, Massa­chusetts Bay Transportation Authority. “I am thrilled to be able to be here today to honor the work of someone so dedicated to growth and improvement of public transportation here in Massachusetts.”

South Station opened in 1898 and underwent a complete overhaul in the 1980s while Dukakis was in office. It is the busiest station in the MBTA system and currently serves more than 25,000 riders on a typical weekday, not including Amtrak and private bus passengers.

Dukakis was known to ride MBTA during his tenure as governor and supported increased transportation funding to improve and extend subway and commuter rail service.

Dukakis was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. He later served on the Amtrak Board of Directors as a strong supporter of improved high-speed rail.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, left, and his wife Kitty following ceremonies at which Gov. Deval Patrick renamed South Station in Boston in his honor.

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