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:
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.
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.
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.