Local residents who opposed Metra’s plan to relocate the Ravenswood Metra Station north of Lawrence Avenue (from its current location south of Lawrence) have had their concerns heard.
As first reported by the Chicago Tribune, Metra and Ald. Schulter (47th) have decided not to move the station across the street into a more residential area. Instead, the new station—the busiest on the Union Pacific North line—will be built on its current site.
The impetus for this change was community feedback. Center Square Journal first reported on residents’ concerns at an open house last month. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said that at that forum “the feedback was pretty clear.” Subsequently, a group of Ravenswood neighbors organized in opposition to the station relocation, prompting Metra to review the plans.
Those plans called for extending the platform by 350 feet to accommodate more passengers (the current platform is 400 feet). According to Gillis, this would’ve been feasible north of Lawrence, but in order to put a 750-foot platform on the current site, Metra will have to build across the Leland Avenue bridge. “We still have to resolve some issues about that,” he said.
All won’t be calm on the north side of Lawrence just yet: Metra will build a temporary station, serving inbound and outbound passengers, north of the street while construction takes place on the south side of Lawrence. The temporary station will be in use for two years.
Another Metra open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Retirement Community auditorium (4950 N. Ashland Ave.).