Posts Tagged ‘District of Columbia’

WUS Plan Needs More Work

February 23, 2021

A redevelopment plan for Washington Union Station will go back to the drawing board because some believe it is too focused on automobile traffic.

At issue is a six-story parking garage that District of Columbia officials are opposing.

The revisions will come in the wake of the Federal Railroad Administration halting its review of the $10 billion project.

The project includes adding concourses and tracks, increased retail businesses, a bus facility, and creating pickup and drop-off areas in front of a new train hall and at other entrances.

The project is expected to be completed by 2040.

Dispute Arises Over Parking Garage in Station Plan

November 7, 2020

A dispute between the District of Columbia and Federal Railroad Administration has broken out over a proposed $10 billion redevelopment plan for Washington Union Station.

The District has objected to inclusion of a parking garage as part of the development, saying that most passengers don’t drive to the facility.

City officials also said adding a parking garage will encourage traffic and air pollution.

The FRA owns the station and agency officials have said they will consider local opinion.

However, FRA officials also said the information they have available does not warrant reducing the level of parking in the development proposal.

The plan being discussed would triple passenger capacity of the station as well as turn it into a regional transit hub.