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Edgewater Metra Station Construction Pushed Back Another Year

Metra Station 1The construction of the new Metra station at Peterson and Ravenswood has been pushed back another year. Slated to originally begin this year, the work will not start until 2016. The new scheduled opening will be in 2017.

The delay is due to additions to the scope of work, such as improving the bridges to increase their lifespans and a new parking lot, to now be built in phase 1.

The parking lot was supposed to begin in phase 2, but that meant a need for additional funding. There is enough funding to build the parking lot in phase 1.

On Wednesday, 40th Ward Alderman Pat O’Connor met with the officials who own the track, Union Pacific Railroad, as well as with Metra representatives to speak about the new timetable. In a statement, the Alderman said, “I am excited that the project is moving forward and know that the station will be a positive addition to our neighborhood and a great resource for our residents.”

There still may be some possible changes to the current plan. “The plans for the station are substantially complete,” O’Connor added. “Once they are finalized, I will share them on our website and with members of W.E.A.R. and N.E.W.”

The $15 million dollar station will be the third stop on that train line which commences at Ogilvie Transportation Center downtown. It is expected to help reduce crowded train stops to its north (Rogers Park) and south (Ravenswood).

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