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Metra breaks ground on station near Naval Training Center

Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. (Metra) June 29 broke ground for a Great Lakes commuter rail station on the agency’s Metra/Union Pacific North Line, near Great Lakes Naval Training Center and 32 miles from the line’s downtown terminal, Ogilvie Transportation Center.

The 3,400-square-foot depot will be built slightly south of the current 83-year-old structure, and will include new passenger platforms and shelters, extended parking, and improved access from major roads.

The new station also will include a ticket office — something its predecessor doesn’t have — as well as a large waiting room and 1,700 square feet of retail space.

Funding for the project is being provided by Metra, Federal Transit Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Regional Transportation Authority.

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