Tuesday 7 July 2020

United States: June 25, 2020, Amtrak starts construction to increase rail capacity at Washington Union Station

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A major construction project that will increase rail capacity is underway at Washington Union Station, the second busiest terminal in the U.S. The project is among other improvements to upgrade and enhance the customer experience at the historic transportation hub.

Skanska USA Civil Northeast was awarded the Track 22 Reconstruction Project at Washington Union Station. Under the contract, Skanska will rebuild the platform, rehab and restore the historic columns, and construct a new covered walkway to provide customer access to the platform via a new elevator, escalator, and stairs to the station. The track was previously used as a storage track for equipment with no access for customers.

Amtrak received a $19 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to fund a portion of the construction project that will increase track capacity for revenue trains for Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

“Washington Union Station is integral to the national rail network. This project will allow Amtrak to construct a new revenue track and increase capacity to meet the growing demand for rail services,” said David Handera, Amtrak Vice President of Stations, Facilities, Properties and Accessibility.

Amtrak and VRE revenue service to Track 22 is anticipated to begin in 2022.

(Source: Amtrak)

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