December 17, 2018 Amtrak Receives Grant to Increase Rail Capacity at Washington Union Station

First in a series of improvements

WASHINGTON – Amtrak will launch a major construction project at Washington Union Station that will increase rail capacity at the second busiest terminal in the U.S. The project will be among other improvements to upgrade and enhance the customer experience at the historic transportation hub.

Amtrak received a $19 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration. The grant will fund a portion of the construction project that will increase track capacity for revenue trains for Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

Track 22, located at the lower level of Union Station, currently serves as a storage track for equipment with no access for customers. The construction project will involve installing new track, rebuilding the platform, and rehabbing and restoring the historic columns. A walkway will be built to provide customer access to the platform via a new elevator, escalator, and stairs to the station.

“Washington Union Station is integral to the national rail network. This grant will allow Amtrak to construct a new revenue track at Union Station and increase capacity to meet the growing demand for rail service,” said David Handera, Amtrak Vice President of Stations, Facilities, Properties and Accessibility.

Amtrak and VRE revenue service to Track 22 is anticipated to begin in 2022.

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Kimberly Woods

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