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Union Station Washington DC



Location :

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002

How to Get There ?

From The North (via I-95)

  • Follow I-95 South toward Washington, DC to I-495 and exit East.

  • Follow I-495 East to US Route 50 and exit West.

  • Follow US Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue.

  • Follow New York Avenue (West).

  • Turn Left onto First Street, NE.

  • Follow First Street approximately 12 blocks to Massachusetts Avenue.

  • Turn left unto Massachusetts Avenue, NE and travel one block to Columbus Circle.

  • Union Station is on the Left.

From The South (via I-95 / I-395)

  • Follow I-95 North toward Washington, DC.

  • I-95 becomes I-395 when you cross I-495. Continue North on I-395.

  • Exit at Massachusetts Avenue.

  • Turn Right onto Massachusetts Avenue (East).

  • Follow Massachusetts Avenue approximately 4 blocks to Columbus Circle.

  • Union Station is on the Left.

From The East (via US Route 50)

  • Follow US Route 50, which becomes New York Avenue.

  • Follow New York Avenue (West).

  • Turn Left onto First Street, NE.

  • Follow First Street approximately 12 blocks to Massachusetts Avenue.

  • Turn left unto Massachusetts Avenue and travel one block to Columbus Circle.

  • Union Station is on the Left.

From The West (via The Capital Beltway / I-495)

  • Follow The Capital Beltway.

  • Exit New Hampshire Avenue (South).

  • Follow New Hampshire Avenue, which turns into North Capitol Street.

  • Turn Left on Massachusetts Avenue.

  • Follow Massachusetts Avenue 1 bock to Columbus Circle.

  • Union Station in on the Left.

From The West (via I-66)

  • Follow I-66 East towards Washington, DC.

  • Exit US 50 (East).

  • Turn Right on Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Turn Turn Left on Constitution Avenue.

  • Turn Turn Left on Louisiana Avenue.

  • Turn Right on Columbus Circle.

  • Union Station in on the Left.

History

Washington Union Station is one of the country’s first great union railroad terminals. Designed by renowned architect, Daniel Burnham, the station opened on October 27, 1907 and was completed in April 1908.

During its heyday in the early 1940’s, Union Station was a thriving transportation hub serving up to 42,000 passengers daily. After 1945, conditions deteriorated quickly. The demand on transportation during World War II wore greatly on the station, and repairs were often done inexpensively, diminishing the station’s elegance. Public trends shifted from rail to cars and planes for long-distance travel, which further diminished rail passenger revenues, station activity and the feeling of excitement that once percolated through the building.

In the late 1950s, the Station’s owners began searching for an alternative use. In 1964, the District of Columbia designated the building an historic landmark and in 1969 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places; Columbus Plaza, located in the front of the station, was listed in 1980. During the mid-1960s, the federal government took over the building for use as a new National Visitor Center. However, a lack of funding for the conversion, poor design and changing tastes made it a failure soon after it opened in 1976. Union Station’s low point came in 1981 when a driving rain sent pieces of the ceiling, already damaged by a leaky roof, crashing down into the main waiting room. Most of the building had to be closed, which disrupted travel for the growing number of Amtrak passengers.

In 1981, Congress passed the Union Station Redevelopment Act. It stated that, “the Secretary of Transportation shall provide for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Union Station complex primarily as a multiple-use transportation terminal serving the Nation’s Capital, and secondarily as a commercial complex, in accordance with the following goals:

  1. Preservation of the exterior façade and other historically and architecturally significant features of the Union Station building;

  2. Restoration and operation of a portion of the historic Union Station building as a rail passenger station, together with hold facilities for charter, transit, and intercity buses in the Union Station complex;

  3. Commercial development of the Union Station complex that will, to the extent possible, financially support the continued operation and maintenance of such complex; and

  4. Withdrawal by the Federal Government from any active role in the operation and management of the Union Station complex as soon as practical and at the least possible Federal expense consistent with goals set forth in subsections (a) through (c) of this section.

Tours visiting Union station are

Washington Dc-Day Tour

Washington D.C Night Tour


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