Thursday, April 14, 2011

Union Station to get major overhaul

TBD reports on new changes coming to Union Station, mostly in the form of safety and capacity improvements for Metro and other transportation options from the station.

68,000 passengers use the station every day, including 18,000 that are connecting to Amtrak, MARC and VRE trains--and more growth is expected.

That means upgrades are needed.  Safety improvements are going to be made, as well as room for more people on all three levels.  They also want to make direct links to new development and streetcars and buses, all while decreasing congestion and making evacuation--should it be needed--easier.

WMATA and the District Department of Transportation expect to get $2.55 million worth of Federal Transit Administration grants to help with the project.

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