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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 07/25/2012

DeMorning Links: A new Union Station?


Amtrak’s Union Station plan envisions a more passenger-friendly experience. (Doug Kapustin - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
If Amtrak’s new vision becomes reality, the experience of traveling through Union Station could be much improved in a decade or two. The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell and Ashley Halsey III take a look at the plans, which envision more train platforms, more inviting corridors and plenty of development stacked above it all. The centerpiece: “a 50-foot-wide, 100-foot-long glass-encased main concourse.” But, of course, there’s a catch: “[W]hat the proposal lacks is a vision for financing the plan, which even in stages probably would require huge government funding commitments.” The price tag is as much as $7.5 billion — more than the city collects in tax revenue in a year.

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