New station approved for Metra's UP Northwest line

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CARY, Ill. — Metra’s board has approved plans for a new station for this community on the commuter railroad’s Union Pacific Northwest Line, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The new station will solve a long-standing flaw with the building it will replace. Currently, the station is on the opposite side of the tracks from where passengers wait for inbound trains, requiring them to either wait in an unprotected area or to cross as the train approaches. The new station will provide waiting space for passengers where it is most needed.

Metra will provide $2 million toward the $2.4 million cost of the new facility. Construction will begin this summer and take about a year. The existing station will be torn down once the new one is complete.

Also on the UP Northwest line, renovations to the Cumberland station in Des Plaines could be complete by August. Work remaining includes a new roof and walkways and railing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Trailers are providing shelter until the $300,000 project, which began in September, can be completed.

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