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 2023.
FRA is leading the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, including the associated stakeholder and community outreach, and the concurrent National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process. Initially, there were six preliminary alternatives included in the Concept Screening Report released on July 31, 2017.
On June 4, 2020, FRA released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SEP, which included a preferred alternative developed in fall 2019. The DEIS included a Draft Assessment of Effects on historic properties, including the historic headhouse and passenger concourse (now Retail Concourse).
Following the end of the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on September 28, 2020, FRA, USRC, and Amtrak met with several stakeholders to review and refine the project elements. With this process largely completed, FRA and the proponents presented the revised alternative to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on June 16, 2022 and the National Capital Planning Commission on July 7, 2022. The NEPA process resumed in mid-July 2022 and additional Section 106 and public meetings will be held through the remainder of 2022 and into early 2023.
The revised alternative provides for a new integrated single level bus facility; underground pick-up, drop-off, and parking facilities; and new pedestrian and bicycle access along the west side, as well as new civic space at the H Street NE level. FRA, USRC, and Amtrak will continue to work to refine the alternative throughout 2022.
Click here to download a one-pager on the current status of the SEP.
Updated: August 30, 2022