BRIDGEPORT - Officials say $8 million in recently approved state and federal funding will allow for a complete renovation of the Bridgeport Metro-North station.

It is the railroad's third busiest station, and many commuters are welcoming the upgrade.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the renovations will make a difference in the lives of riders who are often inconvenienced and uncomfortable.

With rail ridership in Connecticut at a historic high, officials are in accordance that the renovations are long overdue. There are no digital information boards inside the terminal, and there is no overhang to protect commuters from the rain and snow.

The $8 million will cover these and other upgrades, officials say, and will also accommodate the extra traffic expected from the Steelpointe project.

The renovations are projected to begin in June.

The funding comes as Bridgeport prepares to build a second train station on the East Side of the city.