USHSR is proud to offer comprehensive transportation tours covering several major rail stations and a number of America's leading transit oriented developments. The tours are part of our DC High Speed Rail Summit and take place Thursday February 27.
The tours are included as part of the Summit registration fee (no extra charge) but require sign-up at the Summit registration desk. Space is limited and is available on a first-come basis. Please wear your Summit name badge to participate in a tour.
The tours start at 9am in the lobby of the Summit hotel (Courtyard Marriott) located at 140 L Street SE, (next door to the Alion Conference Center where the Summit takes place).
TOUR 1 - Red Line, NoMa, and Union Station Tour Tour the busiest metro line of the DC heavy rail subway system connecting directly into Union Station. The tour will begin with a train ride to visit the NoMa area of Washington DC, a newly built, high-density transit oriented development around a new infill metro station. NoMa is home to major new mixed-use developments, government agencies, major media, leading nonprofits, and numerous businesses. This will be followed by a walking tour along the recreational trail next to the Northeast Corridor train tracks coming in to DC’s Union Station.
Participants will then get a walking tour inside the iconic Union Station, home to Amtrak’s Acela high speed train service. Union Station is considered one of the great rail stations of the world, and attracts millions of visitors each year.
Participants will also get a birds-eye view down onto the tracks behind the station to see the location of the proposed $7 billion, 3 million square foot new mixed-use development, including a major expansion to Union Station with new high speed train platforms and station areas.
The tour will continue with a train ride into central DC to visit Gallery Place, a highly successful mixed-use development including the Verizon Center, a major sports arena built on top of the metro station, plus shops, cafes, apartments, offices, major retail, and entertainment. Participants will get a walking tour around the block and through the development.
TOUR 2 - Orange Line, Rosslyn and Clarendon Tour the second busiest metro line of the DC subway system through Arlington County and the most famous transit oriented development corridor in America consisting of 5 closely spaced metro stations along the Orange line. The tour will begin with a train ride to Clarendon, the newest and most successful station area development, home to many of DC's creative class. Clarendon has seen a huge transformation over the past 10 years into one of DC's most desirable places to live with major new mixed use developments and a lively nightlife, while preserving some of the historic character and surrounding neighborhoods.
Participants will get a walking tour through Clarendon, and then on to the nearby Courthouse metro station area, a government focused TOD. The tour will continue to Rosslyn, the first, and most dense of the 5 station areas on the Orange line. Rosslyn is home to the DC area's tallest buildings, and is a major business center just across the river from downtown DC. Rosslyn is home to major media, large corporations, government agencies, hotels, and more.
The tour will continue to Mobility Lab in Rosslyn for a special presentation.