ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville Mayor John Noak, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. and Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno officially broke ground Tuesday on the Romeoville Metra Station, a new stop along the Heritage Corridor Line.
“Getting a Metra stop has been a village goal for a long time, so we’re very excited to break ground today,” Noak said in a news release from the village. “Having another transportation link to the city will be a great benefit for residents as well as businesses.”
Located near the intersection of 135th Street and New Avenue, the Romeoville station will be the first new stop on the Heritage Corridor since Metra’s creation in 1984 and the first new stop on any Chicagoland Metra line since 2011.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall, giving Romeoville residents a direct connection to downtown Chicago just in time for the holiday season, the news release stated. Passengers on the Heritage Corridor line arrive in Chicago at Union Station.
“Once completed, this new station will mean more people in Romeoville and the surrounding area will be able to spend less of their valuable time each day driving on congested roads or traveling to less convenient Metra stations,” Lipinski said. “As the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Public Transit Caucus, I would like to thank Mayor John Noak, the Village of Romeoville, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Metra for their hard work on this important project.”
The project is estimated at $4.9 million with over $3.9 million of the funding through CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Grant. Romeoville also received a supplemental grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program for pedestrian access from 135th Street to the station.
“We look forward to the day in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to add Romeoville to our system maps and to the list of communities served by Metra,” Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno said in the release.
The first phase of the station will have 123 parking spaces and support an advanced parking system, which will allow commuters the option to pay for their spots from their mobile phones in addition to the traditional method.
“Will County is one of the fastest growing counties in Illinois and improvements like this new Metra stop will offer another transportation option for our residents,” Walsh said.