Union Station Undergoes A Facelift

Union Station in Washington, D.C. has "about 29 million people" pass through the station each year. An 18-month reconstruction project is in the works to improve walkability and safety for the massive number of visitors.

The 104-year-old railroad facility has been a major attraction for tourists as well as commuters for years. According to Coleen Gentles, "it's classical Beaux-Arts architecture influenced other popular landmarks in Washington, D.C." As other areas nearby undergo redevelopment, its clear that this old landmark is in need of one as well.

"The $7.8 million redesign will include new sidewalks... The plan also calls for eliminating a fishhook-shaped road that cuts through Columbus Plaza, restoring the plaza to its earlier appearance and allowing for easier pedestrian access to the station from the Capitol and other areas... Additional improvements to the area include the very successful bicycle storage and rental facility added to the west side of the station, and laying tracks for the future H Street streetcar route," stated Gentles.

Full Story: To Form a More Perfect Union Station: Redesigning Columbus Plaza for Pedestrians

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95