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Construction on New Metra Station Expected to Begin in Spring

The new, $3-million station will include a warming shelter, bike racks and more and will be made possible by two grants.

Commuters can expect to see the beginnings of a new Metra station this spring, according to the . 

The will have significant architectural details and elongated canopies with prominent columns and integrated landscaping. It will include a warming shelter, bike parking, restroom facilities, indoor/outdoor seated waiting areas, and a geothermal heating system—one of many environmentally friendly features. 

The city received $1 million from the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association as part of a 50/50 Surface Transportation Program grant and $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build the train station.

 
NANCY GRACE January 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The warming shelter will cause problems for morning commuters-homeless people take over the rest rooms for extended periods. Ask other towns.
Lon January 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I think this is great! I moved to Oak Forest last year and was quite surprised at the condition of the station. It looks rundown and old. The restroom has been "out of order" for months now. I've used the Palos station and it's much nicer...nice decor, comfortable seating and a coffee shop. I like nice surroundings so I welcome these improvements!
Julia January 23, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Are you kidding me? Why didn't they update the station when they tore up the rest of the lot and outer area for all the so called business it was going to bring to Oak Forest? Do you have any idea the traffic mess that is caused by this crap!!! Most if not all of the people that park in that lot are not from Oak Forest...they fly down my block (Oak) from the south in the morning and evening...who plans this anyway, does anyone at the City of Oak Forest actually make long-term plans? I don't think so.
EMM January 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Why bother? Half the people I ride with are going to start going to Midlothian in February because of the fare hike.
SLM March 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Yay!!! I'm so glad the city finally got a grant to go ahead with this project. That station has been an eyesore for years!! I realize that when the economy tanked, everything was put on hold. It will do much to enhance that corner.

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