MARC Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Union Station Rennovation
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:
- Photo displays of the station’s evolution, along with artifacts and station restoration facts placed throughout the West Hall and Main Hall.
- An interactive model of the station’s master plan, highlighting the future vision to further expand the station and rail yard into a greater multimodal and commercial hub. Amtrak and Akridge (our development partner) representatives will be onsite from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to present the model and answer questions.
- The Union Station Preservation Coalition will be onsite to provide information on the station’s history and architecture.
- Select Union Station retail and food merchants will offer exclusive one-day promotions. A list of participating retailers can be found by downloading the attached flyer.
- A video display of the “Union Station 25th Anniversary”, developed by The Federal City Council with an introduction by Mr. Boardman. You can also view the video on our Great American Stations website next week.
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.