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Capital Projects

Current Capital Program 2021

Metra’s 2021 Capital Program is funded through $189.5 million in Federal Formula/State of Good Repair funds. Other funding sources that supplement Metra’s capital program include $119.1 million in State of Illinois bond funds and $73.8 million of State of Illinois PAYGO funds. The Regional Transportation Authority Innovation, Coordination & Enhancement (ICE) funds total $4.1 million in 2021. The 2021 capital program also includes $306,000 in Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

Under the 2021 program, 58.6 percent of capital funding will be allocated to major capital projects, including:
•    Locomotive and car rehabilitation $69.9 million
•    New rolling stock $61.5 million
•    Bridges $12.9 million
•    Equipment and vehicles $34.9 million
•    Stations and parking $47.3 million

LINE ABBREVIATIONS
BNSF Railway BNS
Heritage Corridor HC
Metra Electric Line MED
Milwaukee District MWD
North Central Service NCS
Rock Island District RID
Systemwide non-line specific MET
Union Pacific UPR

2021 CAPITAL PROGRAM PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
 

Rolling Stock

PE 5501 TRACTION MOTORS, MET
This project funds the overhaul of traction motors and traction alternators for locomotives as well as the overhaul of auxiliary generators and head-end-power (HEP) alternators, which will return these motors to an acceptable level of performance. The overhauled equipment will be used on locomotives operated on railroads either owned or operated by Metra. ($1,800,000)

PE 5502 LOCOMOTIVE AND CAR IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project covers improvements to diesel and electric rolling stock during ongoing maintenance and/or major overhauls. Currently, Metra is installing cameras and digital recording devices in locomotives and cars. ($1,500,000)

PE 5503 WHEEL REPLACEMENT, MET
This project funds the FRA-mandated replacement of wheel sets on Metra’s fleet of locomotives and commuter cars. The replacement wheels will be used on vehicles being operated on all carriers and railroads in the Metra system as part of an ongoing program to overhaul major rolling stock components. ($2,000,000)

PE 5010 CAR AND LOCOMOTIVE CAMERAS, MET
This project funds the purchase of a digital video recording (DVR) system. The system will replace a 12-year-old, obsolete system currently running on Metra’s rolling stock. The new system will allow for video recording of railroad signal aspects and incidents. It includes inward-facing cameras and outward-facing, dual-lens cameras. ($1,500,000)

PE 5505 PTC RENEWAL (MECHANICAL), MET
This project funds the second phase of Positive Train Control (PTC), including updating on-board equipment and parts in locomotives and cab cars that communicate with the guideway PTC system. ($2,800,000)

PE 5306 F59 LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE UPGRADE, MET
This project funds the overhaul of 21 F59PHI locomotives to keep them in a state of good repair. The locomotives’ main engine will be upgraded from Tier 0+ to Tier 3 emissions and the HEP genset will be upgraded from Tier 2 to Tier 4i. ($10,000,000)

PE 5406 DC TO AC CONVERSION, MET
This project funds the conversions of 54 locomotives in Metra’s fleet (F59 PHI, F59 PH and MP 36) from DC traction propulsion to AC traction propulsion. ($25,000,000)

PE 5204 LOCOMOTIVE REBUILD 100-149,215,216, MET
This project funds Metra's ongoing locomotive rehabilitation program and includes the life-extending rebuild of F40 locomotives and the mid-life overhaul of MP36 locomotives. A locomotive rehabilitation is less expensive than a purchase, saving approximately $5 million per vehicle. The project may include, but is not limited to, the complete rebuild of a diesel engine, overhaul of the head end power alternator and gear boxes, and painting and body repair. ($1,535,000)

PE 5006 NEW CAR PURCHASE, MET
The proposed long-term railcar program will purchase 397 new diesel cars to replace 318 cars with an average age of 43 years, increase the number of spare cars by 49 and retire the oldest cars in the fleet. ($61,566,600)

PE 5506 COVID-19 MODIFICATIONS, MET
This project funds miscellaneous expenses for COVID-19 related modifications made to rolling stock and cab cars. The project may include, but is not limited to, modifications to cab car interiors, installation of additional hand sanitizers on trains, replacing air filters, purchasing new cleaning devices, and applying informational signage and decals in cars. ($6,700,000)

PE 5009 CAR REHAB (NIPPON SHARYO HIGHLINERS), MET
This project funds the continued rehabilitation of self-propelled electric cars used on the Metra Electric.  The cars in this program were delivered between 2005 and 2007. This first rehabilitation may include, but is not limited to, repair of the car body structure, interior components, and overhaul of propulsion control systems. ($7,000,000)

PE 5207 CAR REHAB (NIPPON SHARYO Phases 5-7), MET
This project funds the mid-life rehabilitation of bi-level trailer and cab cars.  Nippon Sharyo Corporation built and delivered the cars between 2002 and 2008. This is the first major rehabilitation of these commuter cars and will be performed in multiple phases. ($19,742,000)
Bridges, Track and Structures

PE 5511 TIES AND BALLAST & SW HEATERS, BNS
PE 5512 TIES AND BALLAST, MED
PE 5513 TIES AND BALLAST, MWD (50/50)
PE 5514 TIES AND BALLAST, RID
These projects consist of the replacement of cross ties, switch ties and ballast. In order to maintain proper track gauge and surface, it is necessary to replace ties and ballast periodically, and these projects are part of an ongoing program to replace ties and ballast throughout the commuter territory. This improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces the incidence of slow orders, which adversely affect adherence to train schedules. Projects on the Milwaukee District are split with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. ($9,726,000)

PE 5521 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MED
PE 5522 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, MWD
PE 5523 UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, RID
PE 5524, UNDERCUTTING & SURFACING, UPR
These projects fund track undercutting, which removes all fouled track ballast, cleans it and returns it to the track bed. When the ballast is fouled, its load-spreading capability is lost. Undercutting is necessary when a section of ballast has become so contaminated that it will no longer hold a proper track surface. Undercutting results in a smooth, well-aligned track surface, extended tie and ballast life and reduced ongoing maintenance expense. ($3,000,000)

PE 5525 RAIL REPLACEMENT, BNS
This project provides for the installation of rail and switches on the BNSF commuter line. The project also includes the renewal of switch points at various locations along the BNSF railroad, the replacement of switch machines and the replacement of turnouts. The high density of freight and commuter traffic, including extensive express service, on this line requires close monitoring and periodic replacement of switches and switch machines. Turnouts must also be inspected and replaced frequently to protect against derailment. While minor defects in switch points and turnouts can be remedied with field welding, replacement over time is required to ensure reliable operations. ($1,000,000)

PE 5526 RAIL REPLACEMENT, MED
PE 5527 RAIL REPLACEMENT, MWD
PE 5528 RAIL REPLACEMENT, RID
PE 5529 RAIL REPLACEMENT, UPR
These projects fund the installation of continuous welded rail on Metra-owned rail lines and the Union Pacific rail lines. Specific locations are to be determined. Rail requires periodic replacement to maintain track speeds and on-time performance. ($5,000,000)

PE 5330 CREATE – P2, SWS
This project funds engineering for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) which, when constructed, will relieve rail congestion by separating freight and passenger rail lines, thereby eliminating bottlenecks and reducing train idling. ($6,500,000)

PE 5532 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MWD
PE 5533 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), MWD
PE 5534 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), RID
PE 5535 CROSSINGS (ROAD & TRACK), UPR
These projects fund the renewal of rail highway grade crossings at various locations on the Metra commuter lines and the Union Pacific lines. The specific crossings to be renewed will be determined upon evaluations of deterioration. The work will include, but not be limited to, replacement of cross ties, crossing material, and ballast, as well as the surfacing of the track. ($4,500,000)

PE 5536 BRIDGES AND RETAINING WALLS, BNS
This project provides for the rehabilitation of retaining walls on the BNSF commuter line. Sections of retaining wall at various locations along the right-of-way will be rehabilitated. This work typically includes complete reconstruction with steel sheet piling, concrete panels or bin wall to prevent retaining wall deterioration, which can result in destabilization of the roadbed and track shifting. ($3,000,000)

PE 5537 BRIDGES, MED
This project provides for the rehabilitation of retaining walls on the Metra Electric. Sections of retaining wall at various locations along the right-of-way will be rehabilitated. This work typically includes complete reconstruction with steel sheet piling, concrete panels or bin wall to prevent retaining wall deterioration, which can result in destabilization of the roadbed and track shifting. ($400,000)

PE 5538 BRIDGES, MWD
This project funds the improvement of bridges along the Milwaukee District North and West lines.  Improvements can include rehabilitation of timber wingwalls and fencing, cracked bearing blocks and cracked bridge seats on abutments. Specific improvements will be determined based on a survey of field conditions. ($500,000)

PE 5540 BRIDGES AND RETAINING WALLS, UPR
This project provides for the rehabilitation of retaining walls on the UP commuter lines. Sections of retaining wall at various locations along the right-of-way will be rehabilitated. This work typically includes complete reconstruction with steel sheet piling, concrete panels or bin wall to prevent retaining wall deterioration, which can result in destabilization of the roadbed and track shifting. ($2,500,000)

PE 5442 BRIDGE A318, MWD
This project funds the engineering design and construction of a new second-track siding over the North Branch Chicago River at milepost 32.4 in Rondout. The new second-track siding will allow for additional train movements through the Fox Lake Subdivision, which runs north-west from Rondout to Fox Lake along the Milwaukee District North Line. ($2,500,000)

PE 4739 275-OLD 96th AVENUE, RID
This project funds the replacement of Bridge 275 on Metra’s Rock Island District. The 94-year-old bridge spans 96th Avenue in Mokena at milepost 27.5. ($8,000,000)

PE 5541 STONEY CREEK BRIDGE, SWS
This project funds engineering design services for the replacement of the Stoney Creek Bridge on Metra’s SouthWest Service. The bridge, constructed in 1917, spans Stoney Creek in Oak Lawn at milepost 16.3. Construction funds are provided in future years. ($500,000)

PE 5542 GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE, MWD
This project funds engineering design services for the replacement of the Grand Avenue Bridge. Three mainline tracks use the bridge, including the Milwaukee District North and West Lines and the North Central Service. The bridge, constructed in 1898, spans the intersection of Grand Avenue and Homan Avenue at milepost 4.5. Construction funds are provided in future years. ($1,000,000)

Signal, Electrical & Communications

PE 5149 LAKE STREET INTERLOCKER, UPR
This project funds the modernization and upgrade of the Lake Street interlocker at the north end of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC). It will replace track, track bed, switches, switch machines, switch heaters, dwarf signals and signal cable. In the future, the interlocking control machine in Lake Street Tower will be replaced by modern equipment. ($1,000,000)

PE 5352 SIGNAL STANDARDS, MET
This project funds engineering design services for centralized train control (CTC) north of A5 on the Milwaukee District North Line. The project will enable Metra’s Signal Engineering Department to create a cell library to expedite design and cost estimates of signal projects. ($550,000)

PE 5551 SIGNAL SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS, MED
PE 5552 SIGNAL SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS, MWD
PE 5553 SIGNAL SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS, RID
This project funds the replacement of various signal infrastructure components such as junction boxes, electrical cabinets, wiring, LED lights, and other essential components on an as-needed basis. Locations and scope of work are determined upon routine inspection or failure. ($4,000,000)

PE 5554 SWITCH LAYOUT STANDARDS, MET
This multi-year project will standardize the layout of switches on the Metra Electric, Rock Island and Milwaukee North and West lines. ($1,382,000)

PE 5447 MWD WEST LINE SIGNALS, MWD
This project funds a multi-year signal replacement project on the Milwaukee District West Line. Seven signals will be replaced between Wood Dale and Almora. This is a project in partnership with Canadian Pacific Railway. ($5,250,000)

PE 5388 SMART GATES, RID
This project funds the pilot and testing of a set of "smart gates" to be installed at highway-rail grade crossings in Blue Island along the Rock Island District. The smart gates project will apply new, innovative crossings that use cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence to constantly monitor the crossing gate, signals, and guideway intrusions. When a monitor detects an anomaly, the system will send notice to the back office and dispatch a signal maintainer to perform repairs.  Metra plans to eventually implement smart gates systemwide. ($7,000,000)

PE 5457 CUS INTERLOCKERS, MET
This project funds the modernization and upgrade of outmoded interlockers at the north and south ends of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and will include, but not be limited to, new rail, ties, and ballast as needed. Costs of the project will be shared by Metra and Amtrak. ($2,000,000)

PE 4842 16th STREET INTERLOCKER, RID
This project funds the replacement of the 16th Street interlocking with a modern solid-state automated electronic system. The interlocking is located at a junction with tracks owned by Canadian National (CN) near 16th Street in Chicago. The current interlocking plant consists of an obsolete manual interlocking with two hand lever machines built in 1901 and 1929. There are no manufacturers of spare or replacement equipment for these machines. ($3,000,000)

PE 5547 FACILITIES – ELEC, BNS
PE 5548FACILITIES – ELEC, MED
PE 5549 FACILITIES – ELEC, MWD
PE 5550 FACILITIES – ELEC, RID
These projects will provide design and construction funds for electrical engineering projects in BNSF and Metra yards. Projects can include overhead piping, fuel line replacement, cable reels and shore power work. ($3,500,000)

PE 5555 CCF GENERATION, MET
This project funds an electrical engineering project at Metra’s Consolidated Control Facility (CCF) for an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. The UPS will provide backup power to the communication system at the facility in case of ComEd power failure. ($3,500,000)

PE 5363 SUBSTATION IMPROVEMENTS (JACKSON), MED
This project funds the replacement and expansion of the Jackson Substation along the Metra Electric Line. The substation rectifiers are several decades old and have long exceeded their useful life. This project is a prerequisite for additional service on the tracks leading into Van Buren St. Station. ($10,200,000)

PE 5361 MORGAN INTERLOCKING, MWD
This project provides construction funds for the replacement of the Morgan Street Interlocker in Chicago on Metra’s Milwaukee District. The Morgan Street Interlocker and crossings were originally installed in the early 1960s. The Chicago region’s extreme weather conditions and the lack of available parts make it difficult to maintain and repair the signal system. ($3,000,000)

PE 5362 WESTERN INTERLOCKING, RID
This project provides construction funds for the replacement of the Western Avenue interlocker at Vermont and Grove Street on Metra’s Rock Island District. The signal system infrastructure at Western Avenue Junction interlocker was installed in the early 1960s and has become obsolete. ($3,000,000)

PE 5455 LAKE FOREST CROSSOVERS, MWD
This project provides construction funds for the replacement of crossovers in Lake Forest on Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line. ($3,000,000)

PE 5560 MILWAUKEE SIGNALS – NORTH, MWD
This project funds signal improvements from Rondout to Deerfield on the Milwaukee District North Line. The project will include, but not be limited to, pedestrian crossing improvements at the West Lake Forest Station and grade crossing improvements at Everett and Conway roads in Lake Forest. IDOT will also be doing improvements in conjunction with this project. ($5,100,000)

PE 5556 CONSTANT TENSION CATENARY STUDY, MED
This project will fund an engineering study of constant tension technology for the potential application on the Metra Electric District. The existing catenary system is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation. Constant tension technology may be added to the catenary rehabilitation project scope pending the results of this study. ($750,000)

PE 5151 FIBER OPTIC, MED
This project consists of the replacement of the coaxial cable and copper cable used to conduct voice and signal data on the Metra Electric District’s mainline with fiber optic cable. The fiber optic cable will connect to the recent installation on the South Chicago Branch and Blue Island Branch and extend to the downtown terminal. ($8,000,000)

E 4947 A-20 INTERLOCKING, MWD
This project provides engineering and construction funds to modernize the A-20 Interlocking near Techny Road in Northbrook on the Milwaukee District North Line. The scope of work includes improving two grade crossings (Shermer and Techny Road), modernizing signals, and improving track between the Morton Grove Station and Deerfield Station.  Work may include adding rail, switches, signals, crossovers, and renewal of track and signal circuits and cables.  The project will implement a signal control system that is PTC-compatible. ($6,000,000)

PE 5557 MED IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, MED
This project funds the upgrade of the Metra Electric Line track and structure and is being undertaken in conjunction with a New Start project by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District on shared tracks. ($6,000,000)

PE 5350 COMMUNICATIONS IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project funds the installation of communications equipment throughout the Metra system, including cameras, video equipment, and video back-up. The new equipment will improve operating cost and service reliability by replacing analog equipment with digital equipment. ($1,000,000)

PE 5558 DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM, MET
This project funds purchase of public address (PA) equipment that will be used at various locations in Metra's downtown Chicago terminals. The new PA system will be designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ($1,800,000)

PE 5559 SYSTEMWIDE CAMERAS, MET
This multi-year project provides funding for the installation of up to 600 cameras annually throughout the Metra system. Upon completion of the installation of fiber optic cable along the Rock Island and SouthWest Service lines, Metra plans to install 1,300 cameras at all grade crossings and 23 stations. ($600,000)

PE 5561 NETWORKING EQUIPMENT, MET
This multi-year project funds the replacement of antiquated communications equipment on several Metra lines and the Union Pacific lines. ($750,000)

PE 4746 IMPEDANCE BONDS, MET
This project funds replacement of impedance bonds that are damaged, defective, or worn.  The impedance bonds are a fundamental part of the track circuit and control the current path, thus limiting power losses and assuring proper function of the protective relays. ($200,000)

Facilities & Equipment

PE 5562 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, BNS
This project provides design and construction funds for yard improvement projects at the BNSF line yards including the 14th Street Yard and Hill Yard. Improvements may include, but are not be limited to, upgrading the crew facility at 14th Street, construction of a new compressed air building and compressed air piping system at Hill Yard, and the installation of new cable reel covers and switch heaters as needed. ($3,000,000)

PE 5563 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MED
This project provides design and construction funds for yard improvement projects at the Metra Electric district yards. Projects may include replacing, adding, or repairing ties and track, crosswalks and yard platforms, electric tubular heaters, switch machines, cable reels, and shore power. ($1,000,000)

PE 5564 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, MWD
This project provides design and construction funds for yard improvement projects at the yard facilities along the Milwaukee District lines. Upgrades under this project will include, but are not limited to, installation of electric heating elements for switches and the installation of steel-grated boardwalks at the Western Avenue yard. Track work would include rail, ties, ballast and switches. ($1,000,000)

PE 5565 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, RID
This project provides design and construction funds for yard improvement projects at Rock Island District yard facilities. This project involves, but is not limited to, replacing ties, crosswalks and platforms with steel-grated platforms. ($500,000)

PE 5566 YARD IMPROVEMENTS, UPR
This project involves, but is not limited to, replacing ties, crosswalks and platforms with steel-grated platforms. Metra will also purchase and install a wheel-truing machine. The machine grinds the surface of the railcar wheel to make it smooth and even. ($500,000)

PE 5567 MILLENNIUMSTATION BOILERS, MED
The project funds the replacement of the station’s five existing boilers and associated equipment, which are at the end of their useful lives. ($2,180,000)

PE 5568 WESTERN AVE YARD OIL SEPARATION, MWD
This project funds the replacement of the oil separation system at the diesel repair facility in the Western Avenue Yard. The existing system is nearing the end of its useful life and is increasingly at risk of failure. ($890,000)

PE 5569 M19A WASTEWATER TREATMENT, UPR
This project funds the replacement of the wastewater treatment system at the M19A locomotive facility. The existing system is nearing the end of its useful life and is increasingly at risk of failure. Union Pacific will be tasked with completing design engineering and the installation of the new system. ($2,945,000)

PE 5466 CREW FACILITIES, MET
This project includes, but is not limited to, renovation of existing crew facilities or construction of new crew facilities at existing yard locations across the Metra system. Work may include design of and renovations to interior spaces such as office spaces, locker rooms, and training facilities. ($2,000,000)

PE 5570 RIGHT-OF-WAY EQUIPMENT, MET
This project funds the purchase of various pieces of equipment to be used by Metra’s Engineering Department. Equipment purchased under this project will include end loaders, track backhoes, hi-rail equipment for track inspection, track tampers, track stabilizers, tie cranes, and other equipment. ($9,000,000)

PE 5571 EQUIPMENT & VEHIC MECH, MET
This project provides for the purchase and rehabilitation of vehicles and equipment utilized by Metra’s Mechanical and Engineering Departments to help service and maintain Metra’s fleet at the various yards. This project includes, but is not limited to, vehicles used for supervision of fieldwork, small pickup trucks, various forklift trucks and car movers. The existing equipment has surpassed its useful life. ($3,000,000)

PE 5062 AUTOMATED PASSENGER COUNTERS, MET
This project provides funds for the purchase of automatic passenger counters (APC) to be installed on Metra railcars. APCs will be used for real-time counting of ridership on Metra lines. ($1,000,000)

PE 5572 OFFICE EQUIPMENT, MET
This project funds the purchase of various pieces of equipment and office furniture to replace equipment that has exceeded its useful life. The equipment will be used at Metra storehouses and at the 547 W. Jackson building. ($275,000)

PE 5573 IT COMPONENTS & SERVICES, MET
Funds purchases of various pieces of equipment that will be used at Metra headquarters and outlying Metra facilities. Purchases may include, but are not limited to, replacement of obsolete information technology infrastructure, upgrade network switches, computers and printers, copiers, new and replacement servers, financial system software, and other software. ($1,723,000)

PE 5574 TROI-NET, MET
The TROI-Net Station Displays Project is the design and rollout of the next generation of Metra's VIS Signs. Instead of one VIS sign per station, TROI-Net Station Displays will be installed at multiple locations at most stations. To meet accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the TRIO-Net Station Displays will provide the same visual information as Metra’s current audio/visual station announcements. TROI-Net Station Displays will also provide live train-tracking information, customer information messages and emergency messages for Metra customers. ($2,636,320)

PE 5575 TICKET VENDING MACHINES, MET
This project funds the first phase of the installation of up to 310 ticket vending machines (TVMs) at select stations throughout the Metra system. The TVMs will offer a variety of ticket purchasing options and make purchasing tickets faster, easier, and more convenient for Metra customres. The TVMs will be fully ADA-accessible and will offer the ability to purchase tickets using contactless cards and mobile wallet applications. ($12,650,000)

PE 5576 BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project funds improvements at the 547 W. Jackson building. Projects may include the installation of a stairwell pressurization system and the replacement of the building’s HVAC system. All work will comply with City of Chicago building codes. ($5,000,000)

PE 5453 CENTRAL WAREHOUSING, MET
This project will fund the renovation of an existing warehouse facility that Metra acquired to centralize warehousing for materials that support support the railroad’s activities.  The central warehouse will combine four existing buildings that are currently overcrowded and will create efficiencies by allowing Metra to buy supplies in larger quantities and lower delivery costs.  ($2,000,000)

PE 5171 GPS/TRAIN TRACKING, MET
This project funds the replacement of the GPS system used to track train locations, which has exceeded its useful life. The new system also will replace the onboard announcement system and onboard signs on the entire fleet.  Metra will also install automatic passenger counters and event recorders. The new system will maintain the necessary current functions, with the potential to add video surveillance, customer information displays and an information system. This project will enable Metra to track trains, count passengers and provide information with one system. ($5,158,000)

Stations & Parking

PE 5475 SYSTEMWIDE STATION SIGNS, MET
This project will fund the replacement of all Metra station identification throughout the system. These signs were installed in the early 1980s and are reaching the end of useful life. The new signs will be designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ($1,500,000)

PE 5478 ELEVATOR REPLACEMENT, MET
This project will replace or renovate elevators at various stations across the Metra system. ($1,450,000)

PE 5580 PLATFORM IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project funds Metra’s ongoing effort to bring commuter rail stations into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Platform and access projects will be completed as needed. ($5,000,000)

PE 5581 SYSTEMWIDE STATION IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project element includes, but is not limited to, the rehabilitation of Metra station facilities, more specifically the rehabilitation or replacement of roofs, masonry, door and window replacement, concrete work, floors, ceilings, lighting, drainage, stairs, guardrails, handrails, benches, shelters, and canopies. ($5,000,000)

PE 5583 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS, MET
This project funds major parking lot renovations and collection boxes throughout the system.  Parking lots may need to be overhauled even if the station is in good condition. This project will do so without depleting funds from the station projects. ($1,000,000)

PE 5584 BICYCLE PARKING, MET
Metra was awarded CMAQ grants for the purchase and installation of bicycle parking facilities at stations across the system. Specific locations are to be determined. ($306,000)

PE 5384 ELMHURST STATION, UPR
This project funds Metra’s portion of a larger station renovation/expansion in Elmhurst.  It will leverage CMAQ funds obtained by the Village of Elmhurst to construct a larger station to accommodate the growing ridership. ($2,000,000)

PE 4676 SOUTH WATER ST. STATION, MED
This project provides construction funds to rehabilitate the South Water Street station access points and station facility along the Metra Electric. The repair work may include, but is not limited to, replacement of floors and the suspended ceiling in the waiting area, updated lighting fixtures, restroom updates, and upgraded heating and air conditioning. ($2,000,000)

PE 4784 VAN BUREN ST. STATION, MED
This project provides construction funds to fully rehabilitate the historic Van Buren Street Station on the Metra Electric Line. The project will renovate existing station components including, but not to be limited to, passenger loading platforms, construction of a pedestrian bridge, installation of elevators to the platforms and platform shelters, and waterproofing of the facility’s ceilings. Design engineering services for the station rehabilitation are currently underway. ($9,800,000)

PE 5474 OGILVIE TILE REPLACEMENT, UPR
This project will fund replacement of the tile flooring in the Ogilvie Transportation Center concourse. This project will install vapor barriers and replace existing floor tiles with new slip-resistant floor tiles where necessary. ($250,000)

PE 4479 59th/60th ST. (U. of CHICAGO) STATION, MED
This project funds the complete rehabilitation of the 59th/60th Street (U. of Chicago) station facility in Chicago along the Metra Electric Line. As part of the project, the 60th Street entrance will be reopened. Additional project elements include, but may not be limited to, lighting, sidewalk, bike facilities, landscape enhancements and other related work. The project will leverage $2,500,000 from the University of Chicago. ($9,000,000)

PE 5182 79th STREET STATION, MED
This project funds the complete rehabilitation of the 79th Street station facility in Chicago along the Metra Electric. The project scope includes the repair or replacement of aging shelter enclosures, station lighting upgrades, and platform renovation work. Additional project elements may include, but are not limited to, sidewalk repairs, upgraded bike facilities, landscape enhancements, bench repairs, and other related work as needed. ($5,000,000)

PE 5485 WESTMONT STATION, BNS
This project funds the installation of a new heated-platform technology requested by the village. The heated platform will reduce the amount of snow and ice build-up during winter months, nearly eliminating the need for manual snow removal. ($2,000,000)

PE 5479 SHELTERS, MET
This project funds the installation of shelters at stations across the system. Specific locations are to be determined, based on existing conditions and demand. Shelters will be prefabricated structures and may include on-demand heating elements. ($3,000,000)

Support Activities

PE 5590 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, BNS
PE 5591 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MED
PE 5592 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MWD
PE 5593 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, RID
PE 5594 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, UPR
PE 5595 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, MET
This project funds various engineering responsibilities for capital projects. Metra’s Engineering Department as well as consultant engineers provide support to capital projects. The associated professional consultant services include design engineering and/or construction management in the areas of civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, signal, communications and environmental engineering. ($2,400,000)

PE 5195 TRANSIT ASSET MANAGEMENT, MET
This project funds the continuation of Metra’s comprehensive asset assessment. This phase will consist of hiring a consultant to assist with the monitoring and implementation of Metra’s Transit Asset Management Plan as required by the Federal Transit Administration. ($2,300,000)

PE 5488 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, MET
This project will allow Metra to undertake studies to advance major capital projects and secure grant funding. ($500,000)

PE 5489 PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, MET
This project will fund the professional services of a consultant team to provide additional program management capacity made necessary by the extra funding from the state of Illinois. ($10,000,000)

PE 5589 PROJECT ADMINISTRATION, MET
This project funds the activities associated with the administration of capital grants and the projects included in those grants. This includes only those labor, fringe and overhead costs covered by Metra’s cost allocation plan. Examples of the types of activities associated with the administration of capital grants are budget revisions, requisitions, quarterly reports and reconciliation of expenses done at project closeout. Metra funds associated with capital grant administration are recognized as capitalized costs under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). ($1,000,000)

PE 5599 CONTINGENCIES, MET
This project funds both emergencies and unanticipated capital needs that arise throughout the course of the program year. Items covered require immediate attention and cannot wait for inclusion in the budget for the forthcoming program year. Contingencies are necessary to fund emergency activities to prevent project and service delays. ($1,732,229)

 

 

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