City of Elmhurst Welcomes Input on New Metra Station Design Ideas
Virtual Public Information Meeting Scheduled for February 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
The City of Elmhurst is pleased to announce the next phase of the Elmhurst Metra Station Improvement Project to develop design concepts for the station. Elmhurst will host a virtual public information meeting and deploy 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.
The live virtual public information meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 18 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Information on how to participate and meeting details are located on the City’s website here Elmhurst.org/metrastation. The meeting will be recorded and available on the website on Friday, February 19 for those unable to attend. In addition, the public is encouraged to take the visual preference survey here: tinyurl.com/elmhurstsurvey. The survey will be open through Sunday, February 28.
“We are excited to enter this new phase of the design process. Our Metra station is such an important focal point of our downtown. This is a great opportunity for our residents and commuters to weigh-in on the future look and feel of the new Metra station,” said Mayor Steve Morley.
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 The facility, which was last updated in the 1980’s, is outdated and in need of upgrades and improved commuter features.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 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.
For requests for reasonable meeting/survey accommodations, please contact Kassondra Schref at (630) 530-6018.