The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) in coordination with Amtrak is proposing to expand and modernize Washington Union Station, the National Capital Region’s principal intermodal transportation hub, in order to provide a positive customer experience; support current and future rail service and operational needs; facilitate intermodal transportation; preserve and maintain the historic station and its features; sustain the economic viability of Washington Union Station; and integrate with the adjacent neighborhoods, businesses, and planned development.
FRA, as the lead federal agency, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts to the human and natural environment resulting from the Washington Union Station Expansion Project. FRA published the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS for the Project in the Federal Register on November 4, 2015.
The EIS will be developed in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR part 1500 et. seq.) implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) (NEPA) and FRA’s Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts (64 FR 28545, May 26, 1999). In addition to NEPA, the EIS will address other applicable statutes, regulations and executive orders, including the 1980 Clean Air Act Amendments, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, the Endangered Species Act and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. The EIS will provide the FRA, reviewing and cooperating agencies, and the public with information to assess alternatives that will meet the Project’s purpose and need; evaluate the potential environmental impacts; and identify potential avoidance and mitigation measures.
FRA invites the public to review the design elements—which include rail infrastructure; public concourses; parking, bus, and taxi facilities; retail space; and public open spaces—for the Washington Union Station Expansion Project. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the concepts and designs being developed by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for the station’s future expansion. FRA is seeking to provide information on the complex design considerations being used to develop the concepts. The concepts will be presented to the public this summer and will be reviewed by FRA with public input to identify the alternatives to be evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS will identify potential impacts to the human and natural environment associated with this project.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Open House format - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Formal presentations - 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Washington Union Station - Presidential Room/East Hall
40 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The forum will be an open-house format for discussions with the Project Team from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with two brief identical presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A copy of the presentation and the displays for the Public Forum are provided in the links below.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the project team at info@WUSstationexpansion.com at least seven days prior to the meeting.
FRA encourages and anticipates public participation throughout the development and evaluation of the Project. The FRA website will be updated periodically with project milestones, information about additional public meetings, and other pertinent project information. Comments may be submitted through this website by visiting the comments section and/or by email to email@example.com. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important transportation project.