Amtrak to Expand Washington Union Station

Amtrak said this week that it would undertake a $50 million program to expand the concourse of Union Station in Washington, D.C.

In a news release, Amtrak said the project would result in approximately 20,000 square feet of additional passenger space, nearly doubling the concourse’s current capacity.

The project is in the design phase and will include new restrooms, boarding gates and seating.

Architects will use such features as natural light elements, resulting in a “vastly reconfigured, modernized and unified concourse,” Amtrak officials said.

Amtrak 4A primary purpose of the project is to improve accessibility, circulation, way-finding and multimodal connectivity.  The project is the first under the station’s 2nd Century plan.

Amtrak said it is working with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, the Federal Railroad Administration and real estate developer Akridge.

“This work and other planned improvements will transform Union Station’s capacity and performance, befitting the vital regional gateway and civic hub the station has become since its redevelopment in 1988,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak’s executive vice president of Northeast Corridor business development.

Construction will begin this spring with phased work expected to start in 2017.

Union Station is used by Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express and Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains. It is currently operating beyond its capacity.

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