I thought for sure this would be an April Fools joke until I saw it with my own eyes. Thanks to all who emailed, I took these photos on Sunday morning.
Curbed DC reported a response from WMATA spokesperson Dan Stessel:
“Metro is in the process of painting the Union Station vault to create a lighter, brighter station environment for customers at our busiest station. Customer frequently comment about station lighting, asking Metro for brighter stations, which also helps them feel safer and more secure. While power washing was considered, years of dust, dirt, and grime coating the vault cannot effectively be cleaned and does little to move the needle when it comes to brightness. (Power washing occurs before painting, so if you’ve seen photos showing the partially painted vault at Union Station, you can see the difference paint makes.) And if you’ve been to Union Station today, you can see the difference firsthand.
In an email to Curbed DC, Stessel said that Union Station is currently the only station getting a paint job, further adding, “Metro will determine next steps once Union Station is completed.”
After the jump a reader sends a letter of objection to metro GM Paul Wiedefeld from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.