District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy and members of the DDOT team joined Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) to celebrate the grand opening of the Union Station Inter-City Bus Deck Plaza on September 17.
In the past, bus patrons had to travel several blocks or more from Union Station to access inter-city bus carriers. Now, travelers that arrive to Union Station by Amtrak, Metro, DC Circulator, or the soon-to-debut DC Streetcar can access a large selection of major bus operators without leaving the confines of the station.
The Bus Deck provides new waiting and service pavilions and terraces to over 2.6 million bus travelers passing through Union Station. In the first year of operations, approximately 1,906 buses carrying 49,943 passengers departed the Union Station Bus Terminal every week. The Bus Deck, designed by Washington, D.C.-based architects Studio Twenty Seven, has raised the standard of comfort and efficiency for patrons of inter-city bus service, and created a new architectural icon within the historic facility.
“This facility serves as a hub for local buses and buses bound for destination outside of the District.” said Director Terry Bellamy. “The Bus Deck also provides bus riders with a safe, efficient way to access Union Station and the variety of other multi-model transportation options the District has to offer.”
The Bus Deck compliments other improvements to Union Station that DDOT has helped realize in the past few years, added Director Bellamy.
“Riders can now get off a bus and onto a bike through our Capital Bikeshare stations or at the Brunel Award-winning Washington Union Station Bike Transit Center,” said Director Bellamy. “They can also step out into the city through the new and improved Columbus Plaza, which we unveiled this year.”