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Amtrak has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) from potential general contractors interested in a project designed to modernize the Claytor Concourse at Washington Union Station. With the RFQ's release, Amtrak and its partners are launching a two-phase process to select a contractor for the project, which calls for expanding the concourse to double its capacity to alleviate congestion and improve accessibility.Construction is expected to begin in fall and be completed in 2022, according to an Amtrak press release.Built in the 1980s, the Claytor Concourse contains waiting areas for Amtrak riders, retail and food establishments, and other rider amenities. Virginia Railway Express and Maryland Area Regional Commuter riders also use the concourse.Other project work calls for the addition of restrooms and a new "Metropolitan Lounge" to replace the existing Club Acela, a premium lounge space for riders. Also, space will be added for support services including station manager and customer service representatives. Mechanical and electrical upgrades and relocation work also will be performed.
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