Washington Union Station’s 2nd Century Plan
Washington Union Station's 2nd Century plan is a comprehensive improvement initiative comprised of multiple projects that seek to triple passenger capacity and double train capacity by modernizing and expanding station facilities over the next 20 years.
The 2nd Century plan is informed by the 2012 Master Plan which set a vision for both near- and long-term growth goals for the station. More than 37 million passengers, tourists, and shoppers pass through this station every year – making it the third most visited tourist destination in the world. With its success has come challenges as the station has reached its capacity at peak travel times, resulting in long departing queues, overcrowding and visible passenger frustration. In addition, the station’s platforms to do not meet modern designs standards.
To address these issues, the Station Expansion project under the 2nd Century plan seeks to unlock capacity at Union Station by potentially adding several new lower-level concourses, multiple new entrance points, wider platforms and the addition of new passenger amenities and retail space. Unlocking capacity constraints at Union Station is critical to operations along the Northeast Corridor as it is the busiest station for MARC commuter service and Metro riders and the second busiest for Amtrak.
The 2nd Century plan for the area includes a new transit-oriented urban neighborhood known as the Burnham Place project. This three million square-foot mixed-use development over the existing rail yard will be developed by Akridge. The development will be a vital economic driver for the D.C. region as it will reconnect the urban fabric of the station’s adjacent neighborhoods including NoMa, Capitol Hill and the H Street Corridor. Burnham Place will feature retail, hotel, office and residential space – all interspersed with open public spaces.
In addition to these two projects, planning and design is now underway to deliver several critical, near-term improvements to the passenger experience and rail facility. These improvement projects advance simultaneous to ongoing environmental review and long-range planning studies. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is currently leading an Environmental Impact Statement which will provide Station Expansion project alternatives for public review. For more information and to get involved in that process please visit wusstationexpansion.com.
Above images courtesy of Akridge and Shalom Baranes Associates. The information and images presented represent draft project concepts, and they may change during the statutory and regulatory public review processes to be undertaken for the proposed project.
- Increased Capacity
- Passenger Service
- Environmental Impact
- Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC)
- US DOT / Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) / MARC
- Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
- District of Columbia DOT