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Metra last week opened a new warming house at the Prairie Crossing Station on the Milwaukee District North Line in Libertyville, Illinois.
The $1.2 million construction project included the replacement of a temporary passenger waiting area with a permanent warming house.
The new 480-square-foot structure is enclosed and is equipped with a heating system. The station area also has new sidewalk connections from the warming house to the train platform and parking area.
“The new shelter makes the station more attractive, but more importantly provides a safe and more comfortable waiting area that better serves existing riders and can attract new ones,” said Metra Chief Executive Officer Jim Derwinski in a press release.
Federal dollars funded the project. Legat Architects Inc. acted as project consultant and Accel Construction Services Group was the contractor.