Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stimulus dollars used for Metra parking lot projects

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Dollars made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used to expand parking at two Chicago-area Metra stations. Chicagoland Paving Contractors Inc. of Lake Zurich, Ill., submitted the lowest responsive bids for two projects to expand parking at the Pingree Road and Elburn stations.

The project at Pingree Road Station on Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest in Crystal Lake, Ill., includes the construction of 330 parking spaces, four electronic payment boxes and re-striping of the existing lot. The contract, valued at $574,900, will provide nine full-time jobs during its construction and is slated for completion by year’s end.

The project at the Elburn, Ill., Station on the Union Pacific West Line includes the construction of 329 parking spaces, expanding the existing lot to the west. The contract, valued at $1,130,011.50, also includes eight electronic payment boxes. The cost of the payment boxes ($99,900) will be paid for by the Village of Elburn. The construction project will provide 15 full-time jobs.

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