With a recent $1.3 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Oak Forest has acquired $2 million of the $3.4 million needed to complete the new Metra station at 159th and Cicero.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lauren Traut
Thursday, August 18, 2011
With the help of a $1.3 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Oak Forest is now $2 million closer to a new and improved Metra station. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that it awarded the City of Oak Forest $1.3 million to build a new Metra train station at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. The city said it will need $3.4 million to complete the project. Administrators will apply for additional grants for the remaining funds. “We are extremely grateful for the widespread support we have received for this project,” said Community Development Director Adam Dotson. “Several legislators and regional organizations have been working diligently on our behalf.” As part of its grant application to the …
The U.S. Department of Transportation will dole out the funds to the Illinois Department of Transportation, for improvements to the 50-year-old station at 159th and Cicero Avenue.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced Saturday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation a $1.3 million grant for the modernization of the Oak Forest Metra Rail Station. “Today’s funding for the [Oak] Forest Metra Station will increase the appeal of public transit as an affordable, reliable, environmentally friendly alternative to car travel,” said Durbin. “Bringing these changes to the station will spur economic development in [Oak] Forest and surrounding communities.” Metra’s Oak Forest Station, located on two highways, Route 50 (Cicero Ave.) and Route 6 (159th St.), is the second busiest Rock Island District Line stop. Nearly 1,500 commuters use the station every day, and 23 …