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  by doepack
 
Likelihood of train station eyed
Justice joins Metra in feasibility study
By Victoria Pierce
Special to the Tribune

March 15, 2006

The Village of Justice and Metra may launch a study soon to determine the
feasibility of a commuter train station on the north side of town along the
Heritage Corridor rail line.

The Village Board this week agreed to put $10,000 toward the study, which
would be conducted by the Regional Transportation Authority.

Village President Melvin VanAllen said having a commuter station would be
a selling point for homes and better transportation options would be good
for business.

VanAllen also has proposed having more PACE bus stops as well as a bus
rapid transit or "rubber tire train" that would run between Justice and the
CTA Orange Line with stops every mile or so along the way.

But some residents are not pleased with the prospect of a train station on
Blackstone Avenue near 71st Street. Several attended the meeting to express
concerns about increased traffic and the potential for more crime in their
neighborhood.

Others, including two village trustees, said the $10,000 for the study
would be better spent on other needs, such as road repairs. Still others
feared the village would condemn homes for a future parking lot.

But VanAllen said the village already has the 5 acres needed for a station
with parking for about 100 cars.

"We have never condemned a home since I've been mayor. ... We don't have
any intention to," VanAllen said.

As for traffic, he said access to the station would only come from 71st
Street, so cars could not cut through the adjacent neighborhood.

VanAllen said he expects the study to take at least two years, and if a
station is warranted, it would be many years before it became reality.

Nearby towns waited more than 20 years for stations, he noted.


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  by MetraF40C607
 
That wouldn't be a bad thing. Maybe this would call for either more cars or another train on the HC. I would love, LOVE to see more trains on the HC. Their three trains out are packed as it is anyway.
  by JamesT4
 
doepack wrote:Likelihood of train station eyed
Justice joins Metra in feasibility study
By Victoria Pierce
Special to the Tribune

March 15, 2006

The Village of Justice and Metra may launch a study soon to determine the
feasibility of a commuter train station on the north side of town along the
Heritage Corridor rail line.

The Village Board this week agreed to put $10,000 toward the study, which
would be conducted by the Regional Transportation Authority.

Village President Melvin VanAllen said having a commuter station would be
a selling point for homes and better transportation options would be good
for business.

VanAllen also has proposed having more PACE bus stops as well as a bus
rapid transit or "rubber tire train" that would run between Justice and the
CTA Orange Line with stops every mile or so along the way.

But some residents are not pleased with the prospect of a train station on Blackstone Avenue near 71st Street. Several attended the meeting to express concerns about increased traffic and the potential for more crime in their neighborhood.

Others, including two village trustees, said the $10,000 for the study
would be better spent on other needs, such as road repairs. Still others
feared the village would condemn homes for a future parking lot.

But VanAllen said the village already has the 5 acres needed for a station
with parking for about 100 cars.


As for traffic, he said access to the station would only come from 71st
Street, so cars could not cut through the adjacent neighborhood.

VanAllen said he expects the study to take at least two years, and if a
station is warranted, it would be many years before it became reality.

Nearby towns waited more than 20 years for stations.
I use to live in Justice on off of 79th & Cork I went to the tracks in the back of that village and the village do have room to build a metra station since there village limits goes pass the CN/IC tracks to the Des Plains River.

As for crime there is none in justice that I ever know of from living there for 2 years. Plus the police there partrol the with at least 2-4 officers(1-3 squad cars) on a daily basis.

Putting a HC station here will have more ridership, and that if and when the station is ever built there will be more trains added to the schedule.

Justice is already served by pace routes 379,390, & 831, and probally these routes can connect to the metra station when it's built (if ever built).