The vote on the ordinance came moments after the board voted 5-1 to accept the village plan commission's recommendation in support of the plan and study. The board votes capped more than a year's worth of work on the study by a team of consultants and village staffers. The plan anticipates the village first securing a Park-n-Ride facility and then a full-fledged Metra station.
The study proposes the Park-n-Ride be sited on a downtown block bounded by Webster, Clinton, Main and Railroad streets. The Park-n-Ride would be located just north of commercial businesses that now front Webster Street. The Park-n-Ride would serve as an auxiliary lot to the Metra station at the downtown Aurora Transportation Center. Pace buses would transport Metra riders to and from the Park-n-Ride to the ATC.
The study proposes the eventual siting of a full-fledged Metra station and a large parking lot on the current site of the Lyon Workspace Products, Inc. plant on Main Street. The property adjoins the BNSF tracks.
In addition to the Park-n-Ride and Metra station, the plan includes recommendations and strategies for the future re-development of much of the village's downtown area. The plan "focuses on the opportunity to create a transit hub that would provide Montgomery with local access to commuter rail and/or Pace bus service.