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City to Cut Ribbon on New Metra Station Dec. 20

After a month delay, Oak Forest officials will officially open the new, $3.4-million Metra station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue.

Oak Forest officials will cut the ribbon on a new Metra station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue on Dec. 20. | Credit: City of Oak Forest
Oak Forest officials will cut the ribbon on a new Metra station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue on Dec. 20. | Credit: City of Oak Forest
After almost a year of construction, Oak Forest's train has finally pulled into the station when it comes to the opening of its, er, new train station.

City officials will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Dec. 20, for the $3.4-million Metra station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. 

READ: Oak Forest Plans $3 Million Train Station

“I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for commuters,” Mayor Hank Kuspa stated in a press release. “They have been very patient throughout the construction of the train station. We look forward to bringing more amenities 
to this area for commuters, residents and visitors to enjoy as we continue to create a dynamic, transit-oriented development at 159th and Cicero Avenue.” 

The new train station includes a warming shelter; bike parking and lockers; restrooms facilities; and indoor and outdoor seated waiting areas, according to the release. Landscaping around the train station will be completed in the spring, the release added. 

READ: Metra Station Opening Delayed

Construction on the station began in February, and it was originally scheduled to open in October. But additional work delayed that.

“We hope commuters and residents can take pride in this new Oak Forest landmark,” Community Development Director Adam Dotson stated in the release. 

YOUR TURN: What do you think about the new Metra station? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
NANCY GRACE December 13, 2013 at 09:38 AM
This warming station will be a problem soon to come, look at other train station warming facilities, they have shut them down at a certain point due to people under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Amy Kupcake Litviak December 13, 2013 at 09:47 AM
I for one can't wait for this to FINALLY open. seems the people working on it werent getting paid enough or something and took their sweet time. it also seems like it is going to be very small in comparison to how many commuters come through the station a day. As for the homeless issue @nancy grace --the doors lock. the station is usually only open during rush hour trains. the police are also the ones that check the building so what yiou think will become a homeless hangout isnt the case. dont forget that there has ALWAYS been a warming station in this location before. it's not like it's something brand new that was never there before. the building is an update from the dilapitated building that was there before.
Erin December 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM
While I agree it will be awesome to FINALLY have the station opened again Nancy has a valid point. I take the first train out and can tell you that there are people who use the station to sleep, but I have never had an issue with anyone. It's just a sad reminder that we have removed all services to this group and there is no place left to go.
david lapello December 14, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I never saw a need to go into the station before, and I still don't. The real improvement would be to add parking closer to the station.
Michael M. December 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Another huge waste of money. It won't attract businesses, or money to the area. It is just another "feel good" project for the politicians. Why would I believe it will help OF, when that whole gateway area has been a failure, although the politicians & supporters promised it would bring businesses & economic development.
jack hess December 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM
3.4-million! This is nut's. For this amount of money we could have had more for our taxpayer money. What a waste! What politicians relative's or friends made money off this? If the Southtown started digging into to what persons all the money went too for this project.
karyn czarnecki December 18, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Finally! Oak Forest has a new station, it looks great and I can't wait to use it.

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