Governor J.B. Pritzker and Metra have announced their plans to extend rail service to Rockford from Chicago. Located roughly 88-miles from Union Station, Rockford is the largest city in Illinois outside of the continuous Chicagoland area with a population of over 140,000 people. Now after not having passenger rail service for over 40-years, Metra has been chosen to restore service to the city at an announcement ceremony held in Davis Park in downtown Rockford.
The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the redevelopment of the Van Buren Metra station within Grant Park in The Loop. Formally located at 401-407 S Michigan Avenue at the northern end of the park’s grand entrance on E Ida B Wells Drive, the station features entrances on both sides of the avenue as well as the famed Paris Metro-style entrance on the east side. Now Metra is proposing a major renovation led by Muller2 Architects with new entrances and updated pedestrian flow.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced a new batch of stations to receive minor renovation work across the city. As a part of the system’s ongoing Refresh & Renew initiative which started in 2019, the authority under current president Dorval R. Carter will embark on some much needed maintenance work across all lines except the Yellow or Skokie Swift portion. The program itself is part of the greater ‘Meeting the Moment’ Action Plan the system has enacted.
The Chicago Department of Aviation has officially opened the new Airport Transit System (ATS) at O’Hare International Airport. The opening marks the end of a multi-year process of construction, acquisitions, and testing performed with contractor Parsons Construction Group. Work originally began in 2018 and has since faced various delays with this opening being over a year after its originally scheduled date. Now open from 10:30am to 8:30pm, busses will continue to run 24/7 to facilitate the integration as the hours expand to full-time operations in early 2022.
Metra is set to break ground this week on the new Peterson Ridge station on its Union Pacific North Line in Edgewater. On Monday November 1st at 11am, Metra will hold its ground breaking ceremony for the station with various elected officials including 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The ceremony represents many years of planning and advocating for the station by locals, as well as the end of various delays including issues with groundwater runoff which began with a 2009 state bond program.