Amtrak to Modernise and Expand Washington Union Station

Amtrak has announced plans to double capacity at its second-largest station, Washington Union Station, by 2026.

With this project, the operator will complete a Concourse Modernization Project to deliver the first set of improvements within Washington Union Station’s 2nd Century plan.

This plan consists of multiple projects that aim to triple passenger capacity and double train capacity at the station over the next 20 years.

Washington Union Station
Washington Union Station is Amtrak’s second-busiest train station

Washington Union Station has been in operation for over a century and can no longer meet increased capacity demands, especially during peak travel times.

Currently, more than 37 million passengers use the station each year, making it one of the busiest intercity and commuter rail stations. With increased ridership levels, it often experiences long queues that block the public concourse and prevent a fluid travel experience.

To alleviate these congested conditions, Washington Union Station’s intercity and commuter Claytor Concourse will be modernised and expanded. This change will double the station’s current capacity, while also enhancing passenger comfort and improving accessibility.

New passenger amenities will include modernised restrooms, improved security and additional seating options with charging facilities.

In addition, the passenger boarding gates will be realigned for an improved boarding experience.

The station’s reconfiguration will also facilitate multimodal connections, and the connecting corridor to Washington’s Metrorail will be expanded.

Furthermore, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will construct a new Metrorail staircase and First Street entrance to help improve passenger flow at the western portion of the concourse.

These planned improvements will complement the introduction of Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, which will deliver more frequent services to and from Washington Union Station.

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