Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins cuts the ribbon on the new Metra commuter station during a ceremony on June 30. | Photo provided
Friday, June 30, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
A new, nearly 900-square-foot indoor Metra commuter station formally opened for riders on Friday. Local elected officials, village staff and representatives from various entities involved with the station’s construction were on hand at the station, located at the corner of 5th Ave. and Main St., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
The new station, which is heated and features heated flooring, replaces an existing shelter that was similar to a bus station and that residents felt was inadequate. The station also features 40 new parking spaces on Main Street.
The roughly $2 million station had been in the works since at least 2011, when the village applied for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant to secure construction funds.
“I am so pleased to cut the ribbon for our new Metra Commuter Station,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins. “The station is lovely and quaint and hearkens back to the glory days of Maywood that we will bring back. It will shelter our citizens as they wait for the train, and it will give others riding through another look at our town.”
Mayor Perkins, Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon and Metra President and CEO Don Orseno walk into the new station. | Michael Romain/VFP
Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno said that 27 Metra trains a day stop in Maywood, going both directions. The new station, he said, is among more than 240 Metra commuter stations in the Chicago area.
“We couldn’t be happier that the Village of Maywood has provided this wonderful new facility for the benefit of their citizens and our customers,” said Orseno.
“At a time when capital dollars are hard to come by, it takes cooperation like this to get things done. We hope this furthers Maywood’s economic development efforts and grows our ridership.”
Maywood residents get their first glimpses into the new Metra station on June 30. | Michael Romain/VFP
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, based in Rosemont, did design engineering and observed the construction of the station, which was designed by FGM architects.
“This new Metra station is an important addition to the Maywood community and will hopefully make Maywood residents’ commutes a bit more enjoyable,” said company president Christopher B. Burke. VFP