October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
In a recent post, I lamented the fact that there haven’t been many details provided as part of the Union Station Master Plan. The current idea to create a new north-south bus plaza and a new east-west passenger concourse had been presented as “THE Union Station Master Plan” to the public, and I really didn’t think there were any details in it that qualified it as much of a real plan… just some basic starting ideas.
The plan was, nevertheless, taken to the Metro Board of Directors and was approved without discussion. I’ve been told before that this is really just the first step in the planning process, and not the plan as it had been billed, and the fact that the Board didn’t even discuss it seems to say that is true. So I’m sure there will be much more future discussion, tweaking of the plan, and changing of ideas as the process continues to play itself out. I sure hope so.
In light of that, I’m much less critical now about the amount of information that has been given. I do, however, still have plenty of thoughts about the ideas presented and hope that by sharing those thoughts as well as some of my additional ideas I can be part of the public conversation surrounding the process.
So far, the master plan has dealt with four main areas, all seen in the below rendering. The bus plaza (purple) the concourse (blue) the Forecourt (open space, green) and future development (white).
First, what do I like about the plan?
The East West Concourse
A new concourse with a widened tunnel will be great. The station should feel as though it continues all the way under the tracks, and not that it stops before the tracks and funnels you into an access way as it does now. Increased food, beverage, and other services will be great.
And the list pretty much stops there.