A $10 billion plan to renovate Union Station in D.C. was unveiled this week.
In a presentation to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the new union station could be finished by 2040 and would feature a lot of skylights and glass.
In addition to reconfiguring the space for trains, buses and Metro, the new design is supposed to improve the pickup and drop-off zones.
But one thing would be similar to the current look of the historic transportation hub — a large atrium with very high ceilings
Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is the CEO of the Federal City Council, which is helping to make the project happen.
The new modern, vitalized facility will allow for the transformation of Union Station — The Nation’s Station — into a world-class destination for both domestic and international travelers, as well as an economic hub for the city, Williams said in a statement to WTOP.
A separate $3 billion private project, called Burnham Place, is also planned surrounding the new station, featuring apartments, offices retail and green space.
Union Station’s iconic main hall will be preserved in this renovation, and parking will be shifted underground, eliminating the current parking garage.