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article imageD.C.'s Union Station continues to be restored post-earthquake Special

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 25, 2013 in Travel
Washington - Restorations at Washington D.C.'s landmark Union Station continue to be made after the earthquake that occurred in summer of 2011 caused some damage.
On Aug. 23, 2011 a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the U.S. east coast. Many buildings across the Washington and Virginia regions suffered structural damage. Washington's Union Station sustained a significant amount of damage. Work has been ongoing to repair the historical structure.
Last year Digital Journal reported on the ongoing repairs occurring at the travel hub, which is located a short walk from the Capitol. These images were taken close to a year ago:
Union Station sustained damage after the Aug. 2012 earthquake that shook the region. The Main Hall i...
Union Station sustained damage after the Aug. 2012 earthquake that shook the region. The Main Hall is prepped for inspection and/or repair.
Visitors walk along the interior of Union Station as ongoing repairs are being performed. In the dis...
Visitors walk along the interior of Union Station as ongoing repairs are being performed. In the distance people stand in line to purchase tickets for tours.
While Union Station has been steadily open during the repairs, some of the building's businesses have had to temporarily close during the repairs.
Passing through the station recently showed some of the progress. While there are still barriers and other construction evidence located in the station's main hall, more of the station's damaged areas look to be restored at this time, although it is clear work is still ongoing.
Sign indicating the ongoing repair work at Union Station
Sign indicating the ongoing repair work at Union Station
A look at the progress being made on repairing the historic Union Station
A look at the progress being made on repairing the historic Union Station
Evidence of repair work is visible at Union Station in Feb. 2013
Evidence of repair work is visible at Union Station in Feb. 2013
You can see the netting stretched across the ceiling in the station s Main Hall.
You can see the netting stretched across the ceiling in the station's Main Hall.
Business is running as usual during repairs at Union Station. Here some travelers line up in the Mai...
Business is running as usual during repairs at Union Station. Here some travelers line up in the Main Hall.
Built in 1907, Union Station is an active train station, serving as a home to Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC), Metro's Red Line and ground transportation services. In addition to the numerous travel services, the station has many shops, tour services, restaurants and a food court.
It appears some of the areas are beginning to reopen. If memory serves  this section where these tab...
It appears some of the areas are beginning to reopen. If memory serves, this section where these tables are located was blocked off last spring.
Union Station as it looked pre-earthquake. This image was taken in July 2008.
Union Station as it looked pre-earthquake. This image was taken in July 2008.
Ceiling of Union Station pre-Earthquake
Ceiling of Union Station pre-Earthquake
Recently it was reported by the Washington Business Journal there is also a $7 billion dollar expansion project in the works. While financing and planning is still underway, this proposed project is designed to upgrade Union Station’s capacity and add more services.
According to Union Station's website, over 100,000 people pass through the station daily, with approximately 20,000 passing through the Main Hall.
Union Station is currently still undergoing repair in its Main Hall which sustained damage during th...
Union Station is currently still undergoing repair in its Main Hall which sustained damage during the 2011 earthquake that shook the region.
Tens of thousands of people pass through Union Station daily  either commuters or those traveling to...
Tens of thousands of people pass through Union Station daily, either commuters or those traveling to and from points beyond. Services, such as shops and eateries are also located in the station.
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