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Proposed Peterson Metra Station Finally Funded, Construction Dates To Be Announced

The long awaited Peterson Metra station which has been proposed at Peterson and Ridge has finally been funded after years of delays and political fighting.

The news was announced today by State Representative Greg Harris and State Senator Heather Steans that the funding has been released by Governor J.B. Pritzker after years of fighting with Governor Rauner over the project.

“I believed in this project from the outset,” said Senator Heather Steans. “It is important for the community and the people we represent.  It will cut peoples’ travel time to downtown and the northern suburbs significantly, reducing stressful commutes and reducing our carbon footprint.  This is a good example of government at many levels working for the common good.”

According to a press release put out by Alderman Partrick O’Connor, once Metra selects the company to build the station, the construction schedule will be announced to the public. He also commented that community meetings on the development will be scheduled in the near future to identify issues related to construction and parking.

“I want to thank Senator Steans and Representative Harris for their efforts to see this neighborhood initiative through,” said Ald. O’Connor. “Metra has been a great partner in this effort as well.  They have worked through countless meetings and issues to purchase property and do design work in anticipation of the funding coming through. This project will be transformative for our community, long anticipated and much appreciated.”

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.

 


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