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On Monday, September 30, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), Amtrak, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation (AAC), and Federal City Council will mark the 25th anniversary of the historic grand reopening of Washington Union Station with select activities throughout the station, including:
Washington Union Station reopened its doors on September 29, 1988, with a full-day of celebration capped with a gala dinner after a three-year transformative rehabilitation project. The largest public/private partnership of its kind at that time funded the $160 million restoration effort as a result of the Union Station Redevelopment Act of 1981 establishing the effort to restore the station to its historic grandeur.
“This collaborative rehabilitation project provided Amtrak with a home for its national corporate headquarters, served as the catalyst for neighborhood development, and helped spark a renaissance of national passenger rail service,” said Amtrak President and CEO, Joe Boardman. “Since the station’s reopening, Amtrak ridership in Washington, D.C., has more than doubled and we continue to see record growth.”
Today, the station serves over 32 million visitors annually, and there is a continued focus on station enhancements. Future plans to improve and expand the station are on the horizon guided by the Union Station Master Plan.
For more information on the Union Station Redevelopment efforts, please visit URDC's website.