Full steam ahead for lot expansion

By on July 17, 2009

Metra receives stimulus money for Elburn parking project
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Metra’s wish came true. On Tuesday, the railway company learned it will receive funding for the $1 million Elburn commuter parking lot expansion project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Now Metra can move full steam ahead on the project, which will add 329 parking spaces to the west of the existing commuter lot on land the railway owns.

Metra officials announced their plan in February to double the parking lot size because of growing demand for spaces. At that time, they said the expansion would start after Metra obtained funding they hoped would come from the federal economic stimulus program.

Metra’s goal was to have the parking lot project “shovel ready” when funds came through, so the railway began designing it five months ago. Metra also already has awarded a construction bid for the expansion, which the railway wants to finish by the end of the year, Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison said.

The expanded commuter lot will include motorcycle and bus parking, and pedestrian improvements, Metra representative Dimitrius Scopas said.

The construction project will create 15-full-time jobs, according to Metra.

Village and Metra officials will hold a pre-construction meeting on Thursday, Morrison said.