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Metra begins to build Orland Park station

Last week, Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. (Metra) broke ground for a new Orland Park station at 143rd Street and Southwest Highway on the SouthWest Service line.

Replacing a station built in 1970, the $10 million facility will include a fully enclosed 3,200-square-foot brick warming house with stone and cedar siding, lighting and signs. The station also will feature a 24-hour indoor shelter, vendor area, restrooms, a covered outdoor waiting area, two 465-foot platforms and a pedestrian crosswalk. In the adjacent Metra Triangle — which will include commercial and residential developments — Metra will add 475 parking spaces.

The station is scheduled to open in December, when Metra will increase service along the route to 30 weekday trains.

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