WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing a $296,700 grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to fund access routes to Romeoville’s new Metra station near 135th and New Avenue. The grant, which comes from federal government funds, will be used to complete a path for walking and biking south of 135th Street and help pay for the installation of lighting along the multi-use path, a nearby access road, sidewalks, platforms, and a warming shelter.
“Once completed, this new station will mean more people in Romeoville and the surrounding area will be able to spend less of their valuable time each day driving on congested roads or traveling to less convenient Metra stations,” said Rep. Lipinski. “As the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a proponent of public transportation, and an avid runner and cyclist, I’m excited that this grant will help better integrate public transit with the county’s growing trail system, including the Centennial Trail and the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail. Village Mayor John Noak as well as the Village Board and staff are to be commended for their hard work on this important development.”
“I want to thank Representative Lipinski for his leadership and support in helping to bring this project closer to reality,” Romeoville Mayor John Noak said. “Once completed, it will benefit not just the Village of Romeoville but the entire region. I look forward to continuing to work with the Congressman to help with projects such as this that improve both the local economy and the overall quality of life of area residents.”
Construction on the new Metra station is expected to begin in spring of next year.