The Elmhurst train station is preparing for a facelift! Residents are encouraged to offer their opinions in an online survey to help the design team determine what improvements have priority.

The current station was last updated in the 1980s. It serves approximately 2,300 passengers a day, and includes a depot with a ticket office, waiting room, small coffee shop, and restrooms on the inbound side of the tracks. There is also an open-sided shelter on the outbound platform, and a pedestrian underpass linking the incoming and outgoing platforms.

The city has already hired the engineering and construction firm of CDM Smith to handle the architectural design and phase I engineering. The firm plans to identify needed improvements and create a design that maintains the general architectural style of the neighborhood.

In that spirit, the city and CDM Smith held an open house last week and put together a survey seeking input from residents, the business community, and Metra commuters.

The project will include the renovation and/or reconstruction of the platforms and facility, and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It will also review access to the train station, car parking, bike parking, pedestrian accessibility, and general infrastructure. There are currently no bus lanes or designated drop-off areas, making congestion sometimes problematic, particularly during rush hours.

Total costs are estimated to run between $8-12 million. The Public Affairs and Safety Committee hopes to have a completed design in place by the end of October, with construction beginning in spring 2018 and finalized by winter 2019.

To take the online survey, visit www.Elmhurst.org/MetraStationSurvey.

Having easy access to Chicago and other western suburbs via Metra trains is a valued aspect of living in Elmhurst. To learn more about life in our city and other perks, call us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com