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Metra to open station along Rock Island line


On April 3, Metra plans to open a new station in Chicago at 35th Street along the Rock Island line — the first Metra station to open since 2006.

The station, located just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, will provide a more convenient location for White Sox fans attending the home opener at U.S. Cellular Field on April 7, according to Metra. The station also will offer another mass transit alternative to students at the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as to local residents and workers, Metra officials said in a prepared statement.

The station, to be named after Lovana "Lou" Jones, a state lawmaker who represented the area for 20 years, was funded with $4.9 million in federal dollars and an additional $6.8 million in federal stimulus monies.

The new station features heated ramps, stairways, eight-car platforms, heated platform shelters, bicycle racks, benches, and Metra’s audio and visual information system.

Twenty-six inbound trains and 21 outbound trains will stop at the station on weekdays, and all weekend trains will serve the station.

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