Hello from South Dakota! This is Randy Schilling, your Daktronics Mass Transit Market Manager. I wanted to share this recent project highlight with you. This was an exciting project for our team, and I want to personally thank all of the organizations involved for giving us the opportunity to provide our products for this amazing station in the heart of our nation’s capital. As always – feel free to contact me if you’d like to learn more about our products and services. My contact information is at the end of this post.
When the 20-year-old train information board at the 102-year-old Union Station in Washington D.C. finally breathed its last breath, Amtrak and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) looked to International Display Systems for a replacement. IDS partnered with Daktronics to provide a custom LED message display which now serves as the centerpiece of the Main Hall of Washington Union Station.
Because of the display’s prominent location within the historic building, Amtrak and MTA wanted a reliable product which complements the surrounding architecture. Their specifications included a seamless cabinet with no visible hardware and half-inch rounded corners to match other electronic displays within the building.
“The display makes a large presentation. You can’t miss it when you walk in the front doors,” said Rob Keelor, Vice President of IDS. “The Daktronics engineers and project managers did a great job. We all worked hard on this project, and we’re very proud of the result.”
At the heart of the unibody cabinet is a Daktronics 6mm tri-color message display which is carefully engineered to comply with legibility requirements set up in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The new display is 9’6″ tall, 15’5″ wide and 8″ deep and shows arrival and departure information in six columns: Time, No., Train, Departing To/Arriving From, Status and Gate/Track. The three seperate 6mm display panels (from top to bottom) show the time, train departures and train arrivals.
Keelor also noted that it is important to make the travelers feel at ease within the facility. “In such a large train station with numerous gates, tracks and travelers, giving the passengers the confirming train information the moment they walk through the front doors provides peace of mind and helps them to navigate their way,” he said.
The Washington Union Station, home to Amtrak’s corporate headquarters, receives more than 4.5 million passengers and 32 million visitors annually.