Congresswoman requests funding for next phase of Metra yard move

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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BNSF will be working on the Metra BNSF line this weekend.
David C. Lester

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) has requested $4,000,000 to continue the work of Metra's move from an in-town yard in Crystal Lake to a larger facility in Woodstock.

A press release from Underwood’s office says:

“This request would advance the Woodstock Railyard Relocation & Expansion from Crystal Lake to rural NW Woodstock by funding project engineering, the next phase in the relocation. Benefits for expanding the current land-locked in-town Crystal Lake railyard to a full-service rural Woodstock maintenance facility include: maximizing safety, security, personal time and convenience for all METRA Union Pacific Northwest line passengers; doubling Woodstock’s current train service schedule; savings on equipment maintenance and replacement costs; attracting additional ridership for METRA; and, decreasing vehicular commuting traffic, thereby saving road maintenance costs and enhancing environmental conditions throughout the region, benefiting 306,000 McHenry County residents.

“This project is a top priority of METRA, with broad community support from RTA, PACE, McHenry County, McHenry County Council of Governments, City of Crystal Lake and City of Woodstock.

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