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Metra dedicates three Electric District stations


Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. (Metra) officials recently dedicated three reconstructed stations in Hyde Park and Kenwood on the Metra Electric line.

Under a $15.5 million project, Metra replaced the 55th/56th/57th, 51st/53rd and 47th street stations, removing wood platforms built in the 1920s by Metra predecessor Illinois Central.

The new stations feature cast composite platforms, brick and glass headhouses and concrete stairwells. The 51st and 57th street stations feature elevator access; the 47th Street station includes new deck boards, concrete stairs and a warming house.

Located about seven miles from the line’s terminus at Randolph Street Station, the facilities serve more than 1,200 weekday passengers.

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