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Glen Ellyn Metra Station upgrade project receives federal grant
U.S. representatives and local officials last week marked the receipt of a $14.4 million federal grant to construct a new Metra commuter-rail station in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the second busiest stop on the Union Pacific West line.
In October, the Federal Highway Administration awarded the grant to the village through its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program, which funds transportation projects that improve traffic flow and decrease vehicle emissions.
The $20 million project, which includes construction of a new station and pedestrian underpass, will improve safety and access for commuters who now use grade crossings to access the station from parking lots and residences on the south side of the tracks, Glen Ellyn officials said in a press release.
The project also will address significant accessibility issues at the existing facility by adding designated dropoff and pickup areas and accessible washrooms, ramps and sidewalks, which all will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act.
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