Alexandria Pedestrian Tunnel
The Alexandria Station Pedestrian Tunnel Project will connect the existing VRE/Amtrak Alexandria Union Station with the nearby Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) King St - Old Town Metrorail Station.
The cross-section above shows the connection between the Alexandria Union Station (right side) and the WMATA King Street-Old Town Station (left side). The center platform will have a new canopy for approximately half its length, in an upward configuration.
The tunnel is designed to facilitate pedestrian access between the stations, and to provide additional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant access for the VRE/Amtrak Station. The new tunnel will also allow VRE and Amtrak passengers to access trains on all three tracks without crossing other active tracks at-grade. Currently, passenger access between the two Alexandria Union Station platforms is accomplished using stairs to a tunnel or at-grade, over a wooden crossing protected by chains on either side, with assistance of Amtrak personnel.
New elevators to both the center and west platforms will be used to provide access between levels for pedestrians and to assist with baggage handling. This project will eliminate the existing pedestrian tunnel, between the west platform and the center platform that is not ADA compliant, and eliminate the current at-grade pedestrian crossing, between the west platform and the center platform, as well. Widening, lengthening modifying the center platform grade are also a part of this project which will allow passengers to access Amtrak and VRE trains on all three tracks.
The project is on-hold as a study is undertaken to investigate construction methodologies to optimize the construction schedule and cost is underway and expected to be completed in Spring 2018. Final design will then be completed with advertisement for construction expected in early 2019.
Funding provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
Last updated: 01/11/2018