The Ravenswood Metra station is currently undergoing extensive renovations as part of a major project to expand the station. This is part of a $185 million investment of the Union Pacific North Line to expand the Ravenswood station and replace 22 railroad bridges funded in part by the federal stimulus package.
An illustration of the proposed design shows a covered platform which will improve conditions significantly for waiting passengers who currently have to stand outside uncovered during inclement weather.
This project testifies to the influence that neighborhood residents have as their newly formed association hired an attorney to thwart the railroad’s plans to build a new station on the north side of Lawrence which has more residential units than the south side of Lawrence which is more industrial and commercial. The upgraded station and platform is currently under construction.
Additionally, Metra announced on Thursday, September 30, 2010 that it will postpone the reconstruction project to rebuild 22 bridges until the spring as riders along the Union Pacific North Line lodged many complaints about the erratic train schedule and delays caused by two tracks that were cut back for the extensive bridge project. What this means for the Lawrence station renovation is unclear.
Ann Marie Walker, ABR, Move with Maggie Team