Metra Station: Virtual Visioning Workshop, Feb 18th
Public Information Meeting and Survey
Elmhurst hosted a virtual public information meeting on February 18th and deployed a survey to collect feedback from Elmhurst residents and Metra commuters on the potential new architectural characteristics and features for the station. This feedback will be used to develop future design concepts.
Public Information Meeting
The public is encouraged to take the visual preference survey here: tinyurl.com/elmhurstsurvey. The survey will be open through Sunday, February 28.
The Elmhurst Metra Station Improvement Project is a multi-phase study to identify improvements to this important transit hub. The project began in 2017 to identify alternatives and begin Phase I engineering. Through that process, the public provided input through a series of workshops on the current use of the station and identified needs. Elmhurst is now launching Phase II Design of the station that will identify the architectural details of the Metra Station. Construction of the station may begin in 2023 after design details are confirmed.
The Elmhurst Metra station serves an average of approximately 2,300 weekday boardings. It is one of the busiest on the UP-West line. The facility, which was last updated in the 1980’s, is outdated and in need of upgrades and improved commuter features.
This improvement project will identify options for a new station design as well as ADA accessible access through a new pedestrian underpass at York Road. New parking and drop-off areas will be configured to allow a separation between vehicles and commuters. Approximately 150 new bicycle parking spaces will also be provided.
This project is partially funded through grants from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Surface Transportation Program, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and Metra. Future phases of work, including additional engineering and construction, are anticipated to be funded primarily through federal grants to leverage city funding.