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Nothing about the Union Station turnaround is permanent. It's just a matter of "how not permanent" we want to talk about. I do hope that the interim solution works well though....

Eventually, we'll get a Metro entrance on the bridge. Hopefully this will happen sooner, rather than later. Funding for this has been proposed and axed a few times already.

Eventually, the tracks will run over the bridge and connect to additional trackage in NW. Union Station will no longer be a terminus for the streetcar. I wouldn't be surprised if the crossovers remained.

Eventually, the hopscotch bridge will be rebuilt or extensively refurbished. It's been on DDOT's long-term wishlist for years, and they're going to want to do it before...

Eventually, the Burnham Place air-rights development will put buildings on both sides of the bridge (making it significantly less bridge-like)

Eventually, Amtrak will get their $7 billion, and the new northern entrance to Union Station will be built in place of the paring garage. (A far less ambitious version of this plan already existed before Amtrak laid out their grand vision, so the money's good that this will actually happen. Union Station's eventually going to need the extra capacity that a second entrance and concourse will allow)

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