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Metra Dedicates Renovated Cicero Commuter Rail Station

Metra commuter rail in Chicago on June 25 celebrated the completion of a $4.5 million project to renovate the Cicero Station on the BNSF Line. All project funding came from Metra’s share of money from the state bond program.

“Today’s celebration doesn’t just recognize the completion of this project,” said Metra Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno. “It affirms the value of public transportation and the role a new, comfortable, and thriving station facility can play in the revitalization of a community. Projects like the Cicero Station are an attractive asset to the Metra system and the communities and riders we serve.”

Metra board member Brian K. Reaves, who represents suburban Cook County, said: “We have created a safe and modern new station that should prove comfortable, attractive, and functional for our riders and area residents for many years to come. We’re happy that our partnership with Cicero and our great relationships with elected officials can produce such tangible benefits for our riders.”

Elements of the renovation include two new seven-car platforms with tactile warning strips, a new warming house on the outbound side, a headhouse and ramp enclosure with a heated waiting area on the inbound side and a reconstructed ramp to comply with ADA requirements, high-intensity overhead lighting, utility improvements, surveillance cameras, landscaping, and a new paved parking lot with 146 spaces.

Metra serves the Cicero Station with about 19 inbound and 22 outbound trains each day.
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