Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and the beautiful old railroad station is getting an expansive new makeover.
Metro has revealed renderings of the Union Station master plan. The plan calls for a $350 million track redesign and the removal of the surface parking lot in front of the station. The parking lot will be replaced with a civic plaza that could include outdoor dining. The ticket room and old Fred Harvey restaurant could be home to new restaurants and a new restaurant is already planned to fill the former Union Bagel spot.
Later plans include moving the Patsouras Transit Plaza from the rear of Union Station to the East Side. Nearly 70,000 people use Union Station daily and that number is expected to grow to 140,000 by 2040 so the new passenger concourse will expand the existing passage way. The master plan process is also considering the possibility of having a high speed rail terminal nearby. For full details check out the Metro website.