The City continues to move forward with architectural and engineering plans for the Elmhurst Metra Station. In the spring of 2016, the Elmhurst City Council selected CDM Smith to evaluate and make recommendations for the Metra Station and surrounding site. Community and commuter feedback were collected through two public workshops and an online survey. The public input and various agency comments were used to identify appropriate improvements and to develop the proposed project. Phase I Engineering is substantially complete and the Project Development Report is being reviewed by IDOT.
The City was successful in securing several grants to leverage local dollars. The following outlines the grant programs and awarded amounts: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant - $10M, Transportation Congestion Mitigation (TCM) grant - $2.4M, Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) grant - $2M, Funding from Metra - $2M, and an RTA Access Transit funding application was submitted August 2018. Construction of the new station and site improvements are estimated to cost $18M.
The City is currently evaluating professional firms for Final Architectural Design and Phase II Engineering of the Metra Station. Phase II design work will start this Fall and continue through 2019.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.