Overview: At Washington Union Station, Amtrak, VRE, and MARC all store trains at three adjoining yards just north of the station. The largest, Ivy City Yard, is used primarily by Amtrak as its main storage, maintenance, and high-speed rail service and inspection (S&I) facility at Union Station. Coach Yard, located just south of Ivy City, is also used for storage by Amtrak as well as VRE, while the smaller West Yard is used primarily for MARC storage. These storage and maintenance facilities operate near capacity, with Ivy City alone serving the 22 Amtrak trains that begin service each day in Washington. Due to lack of storage capacity, MARC and VRE often store trains mid-day on Union Station terminal tracks, eating up platform space badly needed for passenger service.
MARC is currently constructing “Wedge Yard” to create new daytime storage space adjacent to Coach Yard. Amtrak proposes to renovate Ivy City, including expansion of its S&I facility, to accommodate potential increases in service and train fleets. Amtrak expects to begin an Ivy City master plan to develop conceptual designs for its long-term storage and maintenance needs at Washington Union Station and to support long-term plans to expand NEC service.