WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Amtrak released a master plan for DC's Union Station on Wednesday it says "offers a visionary and practical approach to revitalize the terminal." The plan aims to modernize the facilities as well as "accommodate three times as many passengers and twice as many trains." According to Amtrak, Union Station is "currently operating beyond its capacity, serving 100,000 passenger trips and 200 trains" daily.
The plan, estimated to cost between $6.5 billion and $7.5 billion, includes a new train shed to welcome passengers, passenger concourses, street entrances, and more retail. The plan allows for tracks, platforms and concourses to support a new Next Generation High-Speed Rail concourse below the existing station platforms, and a mixed-use development for Burnham Place.
Amtrak says completion of the master plan is estimated to bring in $14.3 billion in regional economic benefit.
Union Station, now the second busiest station in the Amtrak system, opened in 1907.