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Preservationists warn about Union Station changes

Sunday - 8/5/2012, 4:32pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Preservationists say proposed upgrades to Washington's Union Station could jeopardize its standing as an architectural icon.

Amtrak announced last month that it wants to spend $7 billion to double the number of trains the station can accommodate and turn it into a high-speed rail hub.

Union Station opened in 1907 and is the second-busiest train station in the country. Amtrak has not laid out how the project would be funded.

Rebecca Miller is executive director of the D.C. Preservation League, which has compiled a new report that warns about the possibility of damaging the station's historic value. Miller tells The Washington Examiner ( http://tinyurl.com/8j65uol) that Amtrak "remains vague on how exactly the proposed changes would impact the physical structure or visual appeal" of Union Station.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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