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Ongoing Station Renovations for Metra; 19th-Century Station Gets Facelift

Metra commuter rail in Chicago recently completed renovation of one station, began work at a second and approved a contract for work at a third as part of an ongoing construction program that includes approximately $200 million in multiyear infrastructure improvements to 27 stations, 21 bridges and 24 road crossings and the replacement of 120,000 railroad ties.

This phase of the project centers on the Ravinia Station, built in 1889, on the Union Pacific North Line (which dates to 1856), and the 111th Street/­Pullman and Calumet stations, both on the Metra Electric Line.

Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno called the Ravinia Station “a landmark in the Highland Park community” and noted the importance of the 111th Street/Pullman Station as part of a regional transportation plan. Of Calumet, he said, “We look forward to a new facility that will serve as a welcoming gateway to Metra and to the nearby community for many years to come.”

Metra completed repair and maintenance work in early July on the Ravinia Station. The two-month, $328,000 project included replacing the station’s roof, removing and containing lead paint and painting the exterior of the 127-year-old facility. The station serves approximately 240 customers each weekday.

Improvements underway at the 111th Street/Pullman Station include replacing the warming house, platform deck boards and roof over a stairway and removing an unused portion of the platform. The project, expected to end in August, will include other cosmetic improvements. The station remains open during the work period, with single tracking.

The Calumet Station, which serves about 1,200 passengers each weekday,  will undergo a complete renovation, which is expected to take one year, under a $3 million contract between Metra and a local construction firm. The project includes renovating buildings, warming houses and elevators; rebuilding platforms; replacing stairs; and adding platform lighting. It will remaining open during renovations.
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