Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by metraRI
There is not really one thread here discussing various construction projects at stations around the system, so why not start one. These are the latest additions to Metra's web site:

Rock Island

* 99th Street - Station renovation; parking improvements.

Southwest Service

* 143rd Orland Park - Additional parking and new station to open in March of 2007.

BNSF Railway

* Clyde to close 4/1/07.
Last edited by metraRI on Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.

  by Tadman
Roosevelt Road - station to be rebuilt in 2010.

Note to mods - on 12/31/2009, please push back date of rebuild to 2015.

  by metraRI
Heh heh... the latest word on Roosevelt from Metra is that construction will start this spring, and is expected to last 18 months. We will see how that goes.

  by F40CFan
They are still working on Cicero/Grand.

  by MetraRy
how much work has been done on 99th street? I think the station been closed for over a year. In late october when i rode past it looked like nothing was done

  by metraRI
I don't know how much, if any work has been done on the station yet. I have not noticed any changes. The bid for construction is due March 6th, according to Metra.. so work should be starting soon. Hopefully it will turn out like 111th Street. Most stations on the Branch need some kind of a makeover, they are all looking pretty bad.

  by F40CFan
I found this amusing, it is from the "Metra Completed Projects" area on their web site;

"In addition to increased service, access points on the NCS have also been expanded with four new stations at Grayslake, Schiller Park, Franklin Park and Rosemont, and a fifth station, Grand/Cicero, scheduled to open later in 2006."

Its kinda funny, since no NCS trains stop at Grand/Cicero, its not even on their timetable. The Milwaukee West Line serves it.

  by metraRI
Crews have already started to tear up the old 143rd Street platform. They are also taking out the tracks that remain from the old 143rd Street yard.

  by doepack
New depot spurs big dreams
Orland Park plans a new downtown
By Carmen Greco Jr
Special to the Tribune

April 27, 2007

The architecture of Orland Park's new Victorian-style train station may hark
back to the village's roots, but officials said it holds the key to the
town's future.

The Metra station near 143rd Street and Southwest Highway has been serving
commuters for about a month.

"It's going to be a centerpiece for Metra, and it will be the heart of
Orland Park for a long time to come," said Trustee James Dodge, who joined
officials from the regional transportation agency for a formal dedication of
the station Thursday morning.

Completion of the $3 million depot is the linchpin for an adjacent mixed-use
development that would bring condominiums, restaurants, retail outlets,
offices and recreational space.

Village officials hope the area, known as the Main Street Triangle, becomes
a destination for area residents and turns into the downtown that Orland
Park has never really had.

The architectural style of the condominiums and commercial buildings would
mirror the train station, which is a tribute to the town's founding in 1892
along a new railroad link between Chicago and St. Louis.

The town's first train station was named Sedgewick.

"Some have thought Orland Park was named Sedgewick, after the train
station," Mayor Daniel McLaughlin, who could not attend the dedication, said
in a prepared statement. "That wasn't the case. The town took its name from
the township, which was formed in 1850."

The station, which includes a 1,600-square-foot interior waiting area and a
covered outdoor waiting area with two 465-foot platforms, came to Orland
Park as part of a large improvement program by Metra to handle increased
ridership along its Southwest Service Line. New facilities also have been
built in New Lenox and in Manhattan.

Thirty trains destined for downtown Chicago stop at the new Orland Park
station, more than double the number that served the old depot a few blocks
to the west. Ridership has increased by 17 percent along the line with the
new stations, Metra Board Chairman Carole Doris said.

"This is a very important time for public transportation," Doris said at the
dedication. "You know what the price of gas is now and the state of our
expressways. It's good for the region, it's good for your town and it's good
for the environment."

Next month village officials will field proposals from residential and
commercial developers to begin filling in the other pieces of the Triangle.

Dodge said officials have long wanted to create a downtown area that paid
homage to Orland Park's history, adding that the new train station offered
the opportunity to do just that.

"Vision and timing came together pretty well on this one," he said.
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

  by doepack
Chicago Tribune news: South Loop Metra station work to begin next week

South Loop Metra station work to begin next week

May 18, 2007

CHICAGO -- Construction work is scheduled to begin next week on the new $10
million South Loop Metra station, including the addition of elevators to
make the station fully accessible, the Chicago Department of Transportation
announced Thursday.

The facility will replace the Roosevelt Road/12th Street station serving the
Metra Electric and South Shore Lines. The elevators and stairs will connect
to the 11th Street bridge, which was completed in 2003. The station is
scheduled to be completed in summer 2008.

The project will improve access to Grant Park and the Museum Campus.

The station will boast architectural enhancements that complement Grant
Park's beaux-arts style, officials said.

The existing station will remain open throughout construction.

Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

  by Tadman
>>The existing station will remain open throughout construction.

Yeah, it's kind of hard to close a station made of tar paper and chicken wire. I think "remain in service" would be a better phrase...

  by ryanbytes
Tadman wrote:Yeah, it's kind of hard to close a station made of tar paper and chicken wire. I think "remain in service" would be a better phrase...
That made me laugh out loud! It's so true!

  by ChiTownHustler
Tadman wrote:Yeah, it's kind of hard to close a station made of tar paper and chicken wire. I think "remain in service" would be a better phrase...
tar paper, chicken wire, AND urine-soaked wood.

Any word on whether this construction will include the occasionally-floated decking over of that area? And what about the developers being held to decking over Roosevelt to 15th?

  by doepack
As of Wed. 6/20, the College Ave. station on UP/W in Wheaton is now staffed with a ticket agent. Although Wheaton's main station is still by far the busier of the two, I knew ridership was increasing at College Ave., but I didn't think it was to the point where it warranted having a ticket agent; this was a bit of a surprise. Don't recall seeing any plans with this in mind during the rehab; unless ridership grew more than Metra had hoped...

  by Tadman
I hope no more of the ME line is decked over - I hate riding in the dark. Further, it would cost a lot to light up the MU shed and attached yard if that's decked over.
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