Metra, the rail commuter operator in the Chicago metropolitan area, state and local officials, broke ground on the new Peterson Ridge Station on the Union Pacific North Line.
“It is exciting to be breaking ground on this highly anticipated new station for the Edgewater community [on the North Side of the city of Chicago]. We look forward to serving new and existing My Metra riders with a welcoming and comfortable new station,” Metra CEO Jim Derwinski said.
The USD 19 million project, which is expected to take about 18 months to complete, includes the construction of two six-car platforms, heated concrete stairs and ADA-compliant ramps. ADA pick-up/drop-off, five ADA parking spaces and 44 pay parking spaces will be constructed. The project includes a glass and masonry warming house with side canopies and metal roof, two shelters with on-demand heating, bicycle parking, a plaza with associated landscaping and irrigation system and a reworked traffic signals for the station entrance.
Under the project, an additional USD 3 million investment will be provided for the renovation work on the bridges over Peterson and Ridge avenues.
The Peterson Ridge Station project is being funded in part by a USD 15 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, a component of Rebuild Illinois, the state’s historic capital plan. Federal Transit Administration funding will cover the remaining USD 7 million in work. An estimated 150 jobs will be created during the project.
A USD 15.2 million contract for the Peterson Ridge construction work was awarded in 2020 to John Burns Construction Company of Orland Park. John Burns committed to awarding 30 per cent of the subcontracting work to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.
“Providing safe and reliable transportation options, improving connections to jobs and enhancing quality of life – that’s how the Illinois Department of Transportation and our partners are working together to rebuild Illinois,” Illinois Transport Secretary Omer Osman said.