Washington Union Station was recently featured on C-SPAN’s American Artifacts history program. Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, described the grand building’s history and evolution over more than a century. In addition to highlighting how the building was saved from destruction in the 1980s and transformed into a thriving multimodal transportation center and commercial destination, the program provides an overview of restoration efforts following the 2011 earthquake that struck Washington, D.C.
More than 100,000 people pass through Union Station each day, including passengers using Amtrak, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) rail, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Metro subway trains and buses and intercity buses, as well as visitors drawn to a variety of shops and restaurants.
In 2016, Union Station welcomed nearly 5.1 million Amtrak customers, making it the second-busiest station in Amtrak’s national system. Learn more about long-term plans for enhancing Washington Union Station through a comprehensive improvement initiative comprised of multiple projects that seek to triple passenger capacity and double train capacity by modernizing and expanding station facilities.