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New Metra Station Will Break Ground in July

Two grants will help pay for the construction of the more than $3 million station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest.

Oak Forest residents can expect to see shovels in the ground for the new $3.4 million Metra station this July.

The made the announcement in a news release earlier this month. The new Metra station, planned for 159th Street and Cicero Avenue, will have several amenities, including a warming shelter, restrooms, indoor and outdoor seated waiting areas and a geothermal heating system.

Two grants will help 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 in the fall, according to officials.

"We're just tying up the loose ends at this point," said Community Development Director Adam Dotson in a news release. "We worked diligently to pursue these funding opportunities because we believe that the train station plays a very important role in revitalizing the area."

Oak Forest's Metra station serves about 1,600 weekday passengers and is on the Rock Island District route, which runs from Joliet to downtown Chicago.

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J. Pauley May 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
This corner could benefit from a new train station but how about building one using the money that we already have? Revise the plans and scale it down to a $2 million buildilng. Perhaps the economic development director is just trying to justify his job? The press release stated that they are breaking ground on July 1. Considering that the city does not have all the funding necessary and the city council has not approved a builder, just how do we break ground in less than 2 months? Is this another "field of dreams" fiasco? I wonder what will go in the empty bank and how will we keep CVS?
Oak Resident May 07, 2012 at 07:11 AM
I do hope this project is successfully done and funded from grants and not from taxpayers here. I also hope we can find a few more businesses to go near the station but it is a tough sell in this economy.
OF Donna May 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
This station looks tiny compared to the other new train stations. When looking over the design of the building, it looks like they are going with just the bare necessities. I hope I am wrong.
Tracey D June 15, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I used to ride Metra for almost 10 years but now work in the suburbs. However, I still live 2 blocks from the station and am glad they're finally doing something about it. It's an embarassment! Pretty sad when neighborhoods like Gresham and Robbins have nicer train stations. What does that say about us? It says we have no pride in our surroundings. Some of you may only have to deal with that station a few minutes a day, but I live down the street from the cesspool. FIX IT!!!
Ruth Ensing July 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Nick - Have you heard anymore on the train station ground breaking? It was supposed to take place in July.

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