Friday, July 20, 2012
New cars will be fitted with electrical outlets, upgraded seats and working doors and toilets, according to a Tribune report.
Going mobile on Metra is going to become a lot easier these days. The Chicago Tribune reports that the company has recently refurbished 40 older cars, with 60 planned to be done by the end of the year and the entire fleet of 176 to be completed by 2016. Some of the new features include: According to the article, rehabbing each car costs approximately $650,000—which is funded by $115 million from the federal government. Compare that to nearly $3 million for a new car. Sign up for Tinley Park Patch breaking news alerts. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Phase two of construction at the 80th Avenue Metra Train Station is officially underway. Certain parking areas and entrances will be off limits to commuters, village officials said.
Commuters at the new 80th Avenue train station should note upcoming construction adjustments that could affect their daily routines. With phase two construction of the pedestrian underpass underway, the circular "kiss 'n ride" drop-off on the north side of the tracks and the pedestrian crossing closest to that area will be closed beginning Monday, April 16. Because pedestrians will be unable to access that crossing, they will be directed to two crossings on the east end of the north platform, according to a news release from the village of Tinley Park. Effective Thursday, April 12, the parking payment stations on the north side will be located at the entrance to the pedestrian walkway off the parking lot. The underpass is scheduled to be …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Today is Customer Appreciation Day at the 80th Avenue Metra Station, where construction is—slowly but surely—coming to a close. We've got photos of the inside of the site's grand building, as well as info on when you can expect everything else to be done.
Tinley Park's 80th Avenue train station is finally open for business. Well, kind of. Today marks the end of the project's first phase of construction—completion of the 5,600 square-foot building that replaces a small 1,400 square-foot shelter built in 1978. An official grand opening for the site, including a unveiling of a sunken garden, pedestrian underpass and the highly-anticipated Veterans Plaza, is scheduled for November. READ: Village Invites Residents to Honor Veterans with Engraved Plaza Bricks But Thursday, village and Metra officials are on site until 9 a.m. handing out coffee and doughnuts in honor of "Commuter Appreciation Day," through which they strive to thank patient community members who have looked forward to using the …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Metra Board of Directors will vote next month on several changes to the fare structure before letting the public have their say. A final budget must be approved by RTA in December.
Commuters leaving from the Oak Park Avenue or 80th Avenue train stations in Tinley Park will be coughing up more cash if a Metra Board of Directors gets its way. The board has laid an axe to a proposal that would have cut weekday and weekend trains along the SouthWest Service Line, but are looking at an average 30 percent fare hike to plug a budget hole. Directors have settled temporarily on a proposal from Metra staff to raise one-way tickets by 17 percent, monthly tickets by 29 percent, and 10-ride tickets by 32 percent. In the meantime, they also agreed to discontinue the subsidy for Link-Up and PlusBus passes, round all tickets to the nearest quarter, and shorten all expiration and refund dates on sales. Ten-ride tickets, for instance…
Friday, May 13, 2011
Commute out of Tinley Park's 80th Avenue station? Here's how your morning could look by 2012.
Friday, May 13, 2011
You can also watch the video at the village website. The file is made for Windows Media Video so might not work with all computers. By the most recent village estimates, work on the station and east half of the platform should be done by Dec. 22, with work on the pedestrian underpass and west half of the platform by June 19, 2012. Metra is paying $5.4 million for the project; the village, paying $4 million. Check out our video of the December 2010 groundbreaking ceremony.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Village and Metra officials broke ground Tuesday morning at the 80th Avenue station, which is being championed as a tool for economic development.
Tinley Park and Metra officials ceremoniously broke ground this morning on the improved and expanded 80th Avenue Metra station, the latest selling point for a village named the best place to raise a family. The village plans to unveil a new station in early 2012 that rivals the one at Oak Park Avenue, which they say has been an instrumental engine of economic development, encouraging new business and workers to come to the village. Trustee Michael Bettenhausen described the village's unemployment rate and foreclosure levels as both "far below" local, regional and national figures, and touted the local economy as growing and "diversified." "This is the fourth-busiest station in terms of boarding in the entire Metra system," said Carole …
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tinley Park will soon implement some pricey overhauls around town and, if all goes as planned, the projects will cost residents little to nothing extra.
Tinley Park is set to undertake a host of expensive projects and renovations, but village officials said residents will not be burdened with the bill. "We are actually (going to) fix sewer systems, build a train station (and) add 60,000 square feet to the convention center with absolutely no cost to the taxpayer," Gregory Hannon, a village trustee and member of Tinley Park's Finance and Economic Development Committee, said at the committee's Wednesday night meeting in Village Hall. "(And all this) in, I might add, the middle of a recession." How do you pull off such a feat? The committee passed a motion Wednesday to recommend to the entire Village Board that Tinley Park begin issuing $11,660,000 worth of bonds for these projects. Instead …