$7 bln Upgrade for Washington DC Station

$7 bln Upgrade for Washington DC Station

Washington DC Union Station, Amtrak, Refurbishment, Development, High-speed RailIn a bid to make a high-speed rail and commercial hub, US passenger rail service, Amtrak, plans a $7 billion redevelopment of Washington DC’s Union Station.

As the second-busiest Amtrak station in the States, the proposal will double the number of trains handled at Union Station, as well as extending the site by 3 million square feet to provide commercial, retail and residential space.

“This plan will transform the station into a world-class transportation hub to serve the region and the mobility needs of generations of passengers yet to come,” said Amtrak President and Chief Executive, Joe Boardman.

Including six new high-speed rail tracks, the upgrade will slash travel times between Washington and New York City by a third, suggesting a journey time of just 94 minutes. Much of the development will come underground, with Amtrak planning new platforms, tracks and shopping, but it is unclear how the company plans to pay for the estimated $6.5 billion to $7.5 billion refurbishment.

President Barack Obama has signed $105 billion into transportation spending over 27 months earlier this month, but Congressional Republicans have so far been reluctant to pay for such expansions into high-speed rail.

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