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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Metra opens expanded parking lot at Crystal Lake Pingree Road Station

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Metra and community leaders marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Pingree Road Station on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line in Crystal Lake, Ill., during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 28.

The new lot will offer parking for 338 more vehicles at a daily fee of $1.50. The station already had 400 spaces. Construction, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, began in September and was completed this month. The project cost a total of $574,900 and included four electronic payment boxes and re-striping of the existing lot in addition to the new spaces.

Chicagoland Paving Contractors Inc. of Lake Zurich, Ill., performed the work. The project, which is complete except for landscaping of the parking islands and seeding, provided jobs for 54 people.

Metra is receiving $140.9 million as its share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Other Metra projects that are being funded with these dollars include the remanufacture of locomotives and bridge replacements, as well as station additions and renovations.