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Grayland Metra Station Getting 68 More Parking Spaces

By Alex Nitkin | March 17, 2017 5:25am
 Work on the 68-car lot is expected to begin this summer and wrap up by the end of the year, transit officials said.
Work on the 68-car lot is expected to begin this summer and wrap up by the end of the year, transit officials said.
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CHICAGO — The Grayland Metra station will see a new 68-space parking lot built this year, the commuter rail agency said.

The $1.2 million project will carve out space on the east side of Kilbourn Avenue between Milwaukee and Patterson avenues. The new area will include "a retaining wall, sidewalks, curb ramps [for wheelchair-users], stairs, landscaping, lighting, signage, pavement markings and bike racks," according to the announcement.

Metra said it will draw most of its funding the project from a federal grant.

“We understand that our commitment to providing excellent service is not confined to our trains,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said. “This parking lot will improve the experience for our customers who board at Grayland by giving them a place to park other than city streets.”

Ald. John Arena (45th) added that the new spaces are "a great complement to the new Divvy station at Grayland, as well as the multiple bus routes within easy walking distance."

Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion due by the end of the year.