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Metra begins to build Rock Island line station

Last week, Metra broke ground on a new Chicago station to be located at 35th Street along the Rock Island line.

The station will be funded by $4.9 million in federal monies secured by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) — a longtime project supporter — and $6.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Metra said.

To be named the Lovana S. “Lou” Jones/Bronzeville Station, the facility is scheduled to be complete by fall 2010. The station will feature eight-car heated platforms, heated ramps, stairways, bicycle racks, benches, an audio and visual information system, lighting and landscaping.   

The facility will provide a transportation link between Chicago Transit Authority and Metra service on Chicago’s south side.

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