MARC Seeks Feedback on Union Station Master Plan
Officials want to turn Union Station into a modern transit hub with triple the capacity. It would cost upwards of $6.5 billion.
Last week, the MARC rail service requested feedback on a master plan proposal for the redevelopment of Union Station in Washington, DC.
The plan calls for upgrades that would allow for three times as many passengers and twice as many trains.
This would have great impact on many commuters from Odenton, who pass through Union Station every weekday on their way to work (and who surely realize that the station is operating well beyond capacity.)
The 25-page master plan outlines a partnership between a number of transit agencies including the Maryland Transit Administration, U.S Department of Transportation, AMTRAK and others, as well as private developers.
Cost estimates range between $6.5 billion and $7.5 billion, with construction phased in over a 20-year period.
It would require major public investment, and there is no clear indication of that money being set aside anytime soon. This is purely a vision, but officials said the costs would be offset by the major benefit of having a larger, more modern station.
From the report:
“By making this investment in Washington Union Station, the city and region receive enormous benefits. There will be room to comfortably triple the number of passengers and double the number of trains within the existing station footprint. Commuters will be able to move expeditiously through the station to their connections...
...Union Station itself will strengthen its role as a destination, a magnet for commercial and cultural events, and the region’s most significant transportation hub. Finally, the investment also makes possible the extension of high-speed rail service into the Southeastern United States.”
Check out the full report on the master plan.
MARC has asked riders for feedback by filling out this survey form.
There’s also a fly-by video of the proposal available here: http://vimeo.com/46619053
What do you think of the master plan to redevelop Union Station?
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