While the Metra Project is still being held up by the lack of a state budget, I recently met with State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans to make sure that as the state works toward a budget, this project is included in the compromise that is reached. Both Representative Harris and Senator Steans are on the bargaining teams for their respective chambers, so they are on the front line.
I also spoke with Metra. During this time of impasse, they are planning to fully complete the design for the station (which is currently about 90% done), as well as design and fund the work on the adjacent bridge.
I am still hopeful that this station will become a reality for our community in the near future, and I will continue to strongly advocate on our community’s behalf on this issue.
Update: August 16, 2016
As many of you know, Governor Rauner put a hold on the Ridge and Peterson Metra Station project, as well as many others, that were funded through bonds. I am working to try to change this, as well as to attempt to find other ways to get this project done–including working with the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and the Governor’s office to see if they are willing to work with us to get this project back on track.
Like you, I know that this new station would be an incredible asset to our community and an essential means of transportation for many of our neighbors. I hope that you will continue to support the efforts to bring a Metra Station to our community.
I will update you as more information becomes available.
Update: April 13, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, I met with Metra officials and representatives of the Union Pacific Railroad to discuss the timetable for the new Metra Station at Peterson and Ravenswood. I was informed that Metra is moving forward with their plans for the new station. While the original timetable called for construction to begin in 2015, the current timetable would call for a 2016 start.
The reasons for the delay include positive additions to the scope of work including work on the railroad bridges to extend their useful life and the inclusion of parking in the first phase of the project. Originally, the planned parking was intended for a second phase of work (which would have required additional funding). Now, that parking will be included in the first phase of work and the funds for the parking have already been identified. Given the concerns about parking by neighbors of the station, I feel that this is a positive development.
The plans for the station are substantially complete. Once they are finalized, I will share them on our website and with members of W.E.A.R. and N.E.W.
I am excited that the project is moving forward and know that the station will be a positive addition to our neighborhood and a great resource for our residents.
Update: June 30, 2013
Plans for the construction of a Metra Station at Peterson and Ridge are well underway. Metra is still in the process of acquiring property from the Chicago Housing Authority so that they can move forward with the project. There will be an informational meeting sometime in July, and as soon as we are informed of the date, we will let you know.