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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Metra opens expanded Elburn, Ill., parking lot

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Metra officials, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, Elburn, Ill., Village President Dave Anderson and other community leaders marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Elburn Station on Metra's Union Pacific West Line during a dedication ceremony in Elburn Jan. 11.

The project added 329 spaces to the 300 spaces that already existed at the Elburn Station. Spaces in the lot are available for a daily fee of $1.25. The project also included the construction of two new stairways to the platforms. A bus bay and landscaping will be completed in the spring.

The $1.1-million project was funded through $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the federal stimulus program, and $100,000 from the village of Elburn, which covered the cost to install eight electronic payment boxes. Construction provided 15 full-time jobs for the contractor, Chicagoland Paving Contractors Inc. of Lake Zurich.

Metra is receiving $140.9 million as its share of stimulus dollars. Other Metra projects that are being funded with these dollars include locomotive remanufacturing, bridge replacements and station additions and renovations.