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union Station

F

or union station in Washington, DC, history doesn’t
just repeats itself—it gets
better. When the station
opened in 1907, it was
a center of multi-mode
transportation with street cars transporting train passengers to destinations
throughout the nation’s capital. today,
union station has become a hub for
several different modes of transportation—including several thriving intercity
bus carriers.
Owned by the federal government and
managed by the union station Redevelopment Corp, a non-profit organization,
the facility is in the middle of an extensive $7 billion renovation began in 2012.
this transformation will span up to two
decades of construction and ease passenger congestion by adding new tracks,
platforms, and concourses. In addition to
doubling the amount of trains the station
can handle, the redevelopment will add 3
million square feet of commercial, residential, and retail space, including stores
and restaurants.
Central to all the redevelopment
planning is coordinating several forms of
transportation—from amtrak service to
bike rentals. as the first stage of redevelopment, an old, under-used parking lot
was converted into a bus deck, including
a passenger waiting area with restrooms.

professor at DePaul university’s school
“Intercity buses are a major element
of Public service.
that needed to be part of the station
“last year was a breakthrough year
to truly integrate the transportation
for inner-city bus travel,” schwieterman
services,” says Beverley swaim-staley,
says. “We had new services popping up
president of the union station Redevelall over the country. the bus industry is
opment Corp, a non-profit organization
now a lot like the airline industry was 20
that manages the station. “We were
happy so many companies were on board years ago. there’s a big expansion on the
East Coast, which puts Washington, DC,
and wanted to be involved.”
in a pivotal position.”
Intercity carriers that now have
and union station’s Redevelopment
routes from union station include Peter
Corp. and intercity carriers have seized the
Pan, greyhound, DC2Ny, Washington
opportunity. the first stage of the redeDeluxe, BoltBus, and Megabus. two
velopment will be complete in september
local bus lines also operate out of union
2013, and the occasion will
station, which is the
be marked with a ribbonsecond-busiest amtrak
“Intercity buses cutting ceremony. the new
station in the country
bus deck integrates all the
with more than 100,000
are a major elebus services and provides
passenger trips per day
ment that need- easy access to bus pickup
and eight train lines runspots and to a variety of
ning through the station.
ed to be part of
passenger amenities. the
union station’s multithe station to
Redevelopment Corp.
modal makeover may be
estimates that bus traffic
a sign of things to come,
truly integrate
peaks at about 43 buses
because of expanding inthe transportaper hour with up to 4,400
tercity bus market. From
tion services. We passengers.
2006 to 2011, intercity
the bus terminal also
bus service expanded
were happy so
serves as an anchor to
by more than 7 percent,
many companies the station’s central
according to research by
concourse. underneath
joseph schwieterman,
were on board
skylights, passengers can
director of the Chaddick
and wanted to
shop, eat or grab a cup of
Institute for Metropolicoffee at a café.
tan Development and a
be involved.”

Mr. Blueprint

D

uring the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, Daniel Burnham reinvented city planning, bringing to major
Burhham
American urban landscapes his
vision for a civilized American city. In addition to some of
the world's first skyscrapers and the 1893 Chicago World's
Fair, it was he who created urban plans for Washington, DC,
Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Manila.
Burnham was selected in 1903 as the principal architect
to design Union Station, which he modeled in the BeauxArts style and after the Baths of Caraculla and Diocletian
and the triumphal Arch of Rome. In one of the few executed
principles of his “City Beautiful” Movement, the setting of
Union Station’s façade was at the focus of converging
avenues in a park-like green setting, which remains today.

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/ july-august 2013

—Beverley
Swaim-Staley,
president of the
Union Station
Redevelopment
Corp.

A rendering of the Union Station
shows increased safety measures
and comfort.



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