Digest: Metra Congress Park station to get facelift

News Wire Digest fifth section for Sept. 9: NJ Transit awards contract for new Lyndhurst station; 21 injured in Czech passenger-train collision
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A Metra BNSF train arrives at the Congress Park station in Brookfield, Ill. The village has signed a contract for work on the station.
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More Wednesday midday railnews:

Contract signed to upgrade Metra Congress Park station

A renovation of the Congress Park station on Metra’s BNSF line is expected to begin this month after the Village of Brookfield, Ill., awarded a $334,806 construction contract with Chicago’s Master Design Build LLC. The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark reports work will include improvements to the station tunnel, stairs and platforms, as well as a 21-space parking lot. The project should take about 30 days to complete. The Congress Park station sees limited service, with five inbound and four outbound trains stopping on weekdays under the current, modified COVID-19 BNSF schedule.

NJ Transit board OKs new Lyndhurst station
NJ Transit’s board of directors has approved an $18.5 million contract for a new Lyndhurst, N.J., station, which will replace the current 107-year-old structure, which prior to the COVID-19 pandemic served about 1,000 passenger trips each weekday. The new facility on NJ Transit’s Main Line will be fully accessible, featuring four elevators and accessible platforms. Anselmi & Decicco Inc. of Maplewood, N.J., won the contract from a group of six bidders.

At least 21 injured as passenger train hits inspection train in Czech Republic
At least 21 people were injured Wednesday morning when a passenger train collided with a track inspection train in the Czech Republic. The website Prague Morning reports the accident occurred in Kdyne, about 90 miles southwest of Prague. None of the injuries were reported as life-threatening, although six of the injured were airlifted to hospitals in Prague and Pilsen, about 30 miles from the accident scene.


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