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Edgewater Metra Station Design 90% Done, Funding Could Come Soon

Metra Station 1Though land acquisition and state budget issues have caused the Edgewater Metra station’s construction to be delayed, Alderman Patrick O’Connor is hopeful that the project will begin soon.

According to a statement put out by the Alderman, he recently met with State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans to make sure the Metra project is included in the new State budget once a compromise is reached in Springfield.

“I also spoke with Metra,” said Alderman O’Connor. “During this time of impasse, they are planning to fully complete the design for the station (which is currently about 90% done), as well as design and fund the work on the adjacent bridge.”

The proposed Metra station at Peterson and Ridge has been in the works now for some time and sketches of the project were first released in early 2013. According to the last information released, the new station will cost around 15 million to build and will include a covered portico and warming area. The design also features a vehicle entrance with a round-about for departing/arriving passenger pickup.

The Alderman added, “I am still hopeful that this station will become a reality for our community in the near future, and I will continue to strongly advocate on our community’s behalf on this issue.”

The 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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