Metra Awards Contract to Rebuild 95th St./Chicago State University Station on Electric Line

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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CHICAGO –– The Metra Electric Line will see one of its key stations upgraded thanks to the agency's allocation of funds to rebuild it.

The Metra Board of Directors this week approved a $33.4 million contract to rehabilitate and expand the 95th St./Chicago State University Station on the Metra Electric Line, with a goal of improving the station’s accessibility and its connection to the university.

Metra’s Executive Director/CEO, Jim Derwinski said “We are prioritizing [station] improvement on the Metra Electric Line to make them accessible to persons with disabilities. At the same time, this is an opportunity to grow our relationship with Chicago State University, and build a station that is a gateway between the school and our system.”

Z Scott, President of Chicago State University said “[This week’s] approval of the contract for the remodel and transformation of the Metra station on Chicago State University’s campus will provide our campus and community with access to critical transit assets and connectivity. Access to equitable transit spurs economic development, benefiting our community and the region. [This week’s] announcement, which has been more than five years in the making, would not have been possible without the collaboration and leadership of political and government officials, including U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims Jr., Illinois Reps. Nick Smith and Marcus Evans, Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore, Ald. Michelle A. Harris, the Metra Board of Directors and Chair Romayne C. Brown, the Metra leadership team led by Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski, and the impactful members of our community all working together toward the realization of this transit transformation.”

Along the Metra Electric Line/Photo by David C. Lester

John Burns Construction of Westmont was awarded the contract, which includes the replacement of the existing headhouse, platform and stairs; construction of a new street-level entrance on 95th St. with a new storefront, enclosed entrance area, and a new elevator; construction of a new platform with full-length canopy; construction of a new CSU campus headhouse; and a walkway and bike lane that connects to a new commuter parking lot and new tunnel entrance.

The work is expected to start later this summer and take about 40 months to complete.

The 95th Street/CSU Station is one of several Metra Electric Line stations being renovated as part of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to improve and make accessible stations along the line. Work is currently underway at the 79th Street/Chatham, 103rd Street/Rosemoor, 147th Street/Sibley and Homewood stations, and work is expected to start later this year at the 87th Street/Woodruff Station.

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