Work on the $3.4-million Metra station was originally expected to begin in July 2012, then delayed until October, with construction eventually commencing in February 2013. It will feature several amenities, including a warming shelter, restrooms, indoor and outdoor seated waiting areas and a geothermal heating system.
Two grants helped pay for the project. Oak Forest received $1 million from the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and $1.3 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Oak Forest station serves about 1,600 weekday passengers and is on the Rock Island District route.
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