Metra, the commuter rail operator in Chicago metropolitan area, and the officials of Woodstock and McHenry County have celebrated the completion of the rehabilitation of Woodstock station, a Metra station in downtown Woodstock.
The station was put into operation in 1915 and needed rehabilitation works to provide passengers attractive, safe and accessible services and spaces “that should serve the community for many years. Metra was happy to partner with the city of Woodstock to bring this much-needed project to fruition,” Metra Board Chairman Romayne Brown said.
The USD 250,000 project was funded by Metra and overseen by the city, and was the first major rehabilitation of the 2,100-square-foot building in more than 25 years.
“The city of Woodstock is deeply grateful for Metra’s continued support in improving transit facilities and service for Woodstock’s growing number of residents and visitors. We look forward to further collaborating on planned projects, including a new warming shelter and maintenance rail yard that will increase ridership for Metra while offering enhanced convenience and safety for the Woodstock community,” Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager said.
Work was performed on the interior and exterior of the Woodstock station. The HVAC system, fire alarm and water heater were replaced, and the bathrooms were repaired. The project also included the replacement of the station’s roof, gutters, and downspouts, as well as tuckpointing and painting all the exterior trim. A limestone cladding was also added to the station’s exterior, and the concrete walkways surrounding the building were replaced to improve ADA accessibility and drainage.
“These train station improvements will help solidify Woodstock’s position as a destination site for tourists and a welcoming location for those who wish to relocate to the area. Real Woodstock and the city of Woodstock have worked hard to establish this brand, and these Metra station upgrades will enhance positive first impressions of this wonderful city and area,” State Senator Craig Wilcox said.