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DC Might Use $3 Billion in Federal Funds to Expand Union Station, Fix Bridges

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says that $3 billion in federal infrastructure funding might to go toward multiple projects, including transforming Union Station, repairing aging bridges and replacing old lead pipes.

At a news conference Thursday at Union Station, Bowser announced the D.C. Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force, which will determine how the city uses the money received from President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over the next five years.

The community will also have a chance to weigh in on the projects.

"We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our infrastructure to get people back to work and to get people better connected across our city," Bowser said. "We can better connect our roads, ... sidewalks, our structurally deficient bridges and get them into a state of good repair."

Bowser said the biggest project she'd like for the city to tackle is to transform and expand Union Station.

She compared her vision to that of New York City's Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station.

"This could be even bigger and better. And at no offense to my friends in New York, but it will allow us to have even greater capacity for Amtrak for more service, better connectivity between VRE and Marc and our inter city buses. It will also allow for the public-private development to proceed," she said.

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