The FRA is hosting a meeting this evening on the Union Station expansion project which, when built, will change the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Union Station bike station (as well as impact bike parking in and around the building).
FRA will hold a public scoping meeting on December 7th, 2015 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM in Washington Union Station’s Presidential Room. The Meeting will be an open house format for discussions with the Project Team. Two short identical presentations will be given at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. to provide a project description. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about the Project and provide input on the purpose and need of the Project, concepts for alternatives that may be considered in the EIS, and the scope of the environmental issues and analyses to be included in the EIS.
The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) in coordination with Amtrak is proposing to expand and modernize Washington Union Station, the National Capital Region’s principal intermodal transportation hub, in order to provide a positive customer experience; support current and future rail service and operational needs; facilitate intermodal transportation; preserve and maintain the historic station and its features; sustain the economic viability of Washington Union Station; and integrate with the adjacent neighborhoods, businesses, and planned development.
Any EIS should take bike transportation to/from the facility into account
The FRA website will be updated periodically with project milestones, information about additional public meetings, and other pertinent project information. Comments may be submitted through this website by visiting the comments section and/or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatives considered in the EIS may involve Columbus Circle and other properties adjacent to Washington Union Station.
Washington Union Station is not integrated with its surrounding neighbors and land uses. The station limits movement and flow among neighborhoods and between neighborhoods and destinations.