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Washington Union Station Expansion Project Environmental Impact Statement

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) in coordination with Amtrak is proposing to expand and modernize Washington Union Station, the National Capital Region’s principal intermodal transportation hub. The purpose of the Washington Union Station Expansion Project (the Project) is to support current and future long‐term growth in rail service and operational needs; achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and emergency egress requirements; facilitate intermodal travel; provide a positive customer experience; enhance integration with the adjacent businesses, neighborhoods, and planned land uses; sustain the Station’s economic viability; and support continued preservation and use of the historic station building. The Project is needed to improve rail capacity, reliability, safety, efficiency, accessibility, and security, for both current and future long‐term railroad operations at this historic station.

FRA encourages and anticipates public participation throughout the development and evaluation of the Project.  The FRA website will be updated periodically with project milestones, information about additional public meetings, and other pertinent project information. Comments may be submitted by email to info@wusstationexpansion.com. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important transportation project.

In addition, pertinent information can be found at the project's FRA webpage, https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0866.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 11/04/2015
Target: 11/04/2015
Scoping
Complete 01/04/2016
Target: 01/04/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
In Progress
Target: 09/30/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Target: 04/30/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Planned
Target: 06/30/2019
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Federal Railroad Administration 06/30/2019 In Progress 11/01/2016
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