The Station Expansion Project
Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) is one of the proponents involved in the plans for the Union Station Expansion Project (SEP). USRC is working closely with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Amtrak to implement long-term development plans for Union Station and the surrounding area.
The SEP, led by consulting architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle, consists of two major work efforts: the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) led by FRA and the conceptual design of the project based upon a final Record of Decision, expected in 2022. The project will include a transportation plan, passenger amenities, and public outreach and involvement. Additionally, with the completion of the EIS, the SEP will fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the concurrent National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process.
At this stage of the major development project, FRA is leading the NEPA process, including the associated stakeholder and community outreach and the concurrent NHPA Section 106 process. Initially, there were six preliminary alternatives included in the Concept Screening Report released on July 31, 2017. In fall 2019, FRA and the project proponents added an additional alternative, which was identified as the preferred alternative.
On June 4, 2020, FRA released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SEP. The DEIS includes a Draft Assessment of Effects on historic properties. On July 14, 2020, FRA conducted two telephonic public hearing sessions to receive verbal comments on the DEIS. Prior to the sessions, a presentation summarizing the findings of the DEIS was posted on the project website.
Following the end of the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on September 28, 2020, FRA decided to revisit project planning for the preferred alternative. FRA is currently working with USRC and Amtrak to review and refine the project elements, in cooperation with other key stakeholders. This process is anticipated to take several months.
Updated: February 10, 2021