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Metra Breaks Ground For New Lawrence Ave. Station

By Mike Fourcher

Local elected officials gathered yesterday morning near the site for a long-delayed new Union Pacific North Line Ravenswood Metra station at Lawrence and Ravenswood Avenues, an $18.3 million project that promises to provide shelter from the elements for waiting riders, make the station accessible to the disabled and eliminate a long-time public transit eyesore. “This Read the Rest…

Metra Fatality at Lawrence/Ravenswood; Traffic Halted

By Patty Wetli

A fatality occurred this afternoon as a Metra train struck a passenger shortly before 4:30 p.m. at the Lawrence/Ravenswood station. A Metra spokesman had no information regarding the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding the incident. UP North train #335 left downtown at 4:15 p.m., due into Kenosha at 5:39 p.m. According to Read the Rest…

47th Ward Permit Parking Task Force Releases Findings

By Patty Wetli

Convened in August 2011 by Ald. Ameya Pawar, the 47th Ward’s Permit Parking Task Force has now released its assessment, which boils down to: can’t live with it, can’t live without it so let’s try to fix what’s broken. Findings and a plan of action going forward were originally presented Jan. 18 and will be Read the Rest…

Debate Permit Parking in Lincoln Square at Public Hearing

By Patty Wetli

With the skyrocketing cost of metered parking, drivers are increasingly searching for bargains (ie, free parking) on side streets, adding further fuel to the permit parking debate. What’s the balance between too much and not enough? Anyone who thinks the amount is just right? Anyone? Here’s your chance to share your opinion. Ald. Ameya Pawar’s Read the Rest…

Residential Component of Ravenswood Terrace Unveiled

By Patty Wetli

The picture of the proposed Ravenswood Station/Terrace development on Lawrence Avenue (the six-acre parcel is currently owned by Sears) became a bit clearer Thursday night at a community meeting featuring representatives from the developers of both the commercial and residential components. Approximately 30 residents and a gaggle of suits attended the detailed presentation, hosted on Read the Rest…

Metra Construction Update Meetings Next Week

By Mike Fourcher

The Ravenswood Community Council and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) will be conducting two community update meetings on the status of the on-going construction along the Union Pacific-North Metra Line. The meetings are both on Tuesday, October 11 and will include representatives from Metra. According to an announcement made by RCC, they are: 10:00 a.m., Architectural Artifacts, Read the Rest…

Metra To Begin Bridge Reconstruction On UP North Line In Two Weeks

By Dave Kornecki

Hoping the second time is the charm, Metra plans to begin a major bridge reconstruction project on the Union Pacific (UP) North Line in the next two weeks that is projected to last until 2019 and, Metra claims will have no noticeable impact on rush-hour commuter schedules. “The rush-hour commuting schedule will not be impacted by Read the Rest…

RTA Offers Prizes to ‘Dump the Pump’

By Patty Wetli

Though it goes against my nature to encourage more people to take public transportation, as I do so enjoy Brown Line trains where all the single seats are available, in the spirit of National Dump the Pump Day, let’s all ditch our cars this Thursday, June 16. Sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Natural Read the Rest…

RTA Offers Prizes to ‘Dump the Pump’

By Patty Wetli

Though it goes against my nature to encourage more people to take public transportation, as I do so enjoy Brown Line trains where all the single seats are available, in the spirit of National Dump the Pump Day, let’s all ditch our cars this Thursday, June 16. Sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Natural Read the Rest…

Proposed 2011 Metra Budget Available for Public Review

By Victoria Wiedel

The Metra Board of Directors recently approved the release of the agency’s proposed 2011 budget for public review. The budget includes $634.2 million for operations and a $407.5 million capital program. No fare increase is planned in 2011. Metra reported that lower than projected ridership and sales tax receipts coupled with higher insurance and maintenance costs Read the Rest…

UPDATED: Metra Announces UP Construction Delayed to 2011

By Victoria Wiedel

UPDATE (10/1/10 10:30 a.m.): I asked the conductor this morning about the schedule change and he replied, “Pretend you’re in Dallas and you just woke up and found Bobby Ewing in your shower.” A few people had hard copies of the schedule (dated October 3) and it showed the “old” times from before the construction Read the Rest…

What Does Metra’s Bridge Project Mean for Trucks in the Neighborhood?

By Mike Fourcher

Metra is about to undertake a project on the Union Pacific North Line to replace 22 bridges that are nearly 100 years old and build a new station at Ravenswood and Lawrence avenues. The station project has attracted most of the attention, including a lot of controversy over its exact location. But there’s another part Read the Rest…

What Does Metra’s Bridge Project Mean for Trucks in the Neighborhood?

By Mike Fourcher

Metra is about to undertake a project on the Union Pacific North Line to replace 22 bridges that are nearly 100 years old and build a new station at Ravenswood and Lawrence avenues. The station project has attracted most of the attention, including a lot of controversy over its exact location. But there’s another part Read the Rest…

Metra Open House Draws a Crowd

By Laura Pearson

The auditorium at Bethany Retirement Center (4950 N. Ashland) was packed this past Tuesday for a Metra Infrastructure Project open house. Residents viewed plans for bridge and retaining wall construction on the Union Pacific North line, a $185 million project that starts this month and is expected to wrap up at the end of 2018. Read the Rest…

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