(WGN-AM)- More than a year behind schedule, Metra broke ground Monday on a new station at 35th Street on the Rock Island District Line to serve White Sox fans and college students while giving neighborhood residents another mass-transit option.
The station, at 35th and Federal Streets, is expected to open in the fall of 2010, at least a full year later than what Metra officials said when they announced the project in 2008.
U.S. Cellular Field, the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, the Bronzeville neighborhood, a new technology park and the De La Salle Institute.
It helps create a more transit-rich environment in an area already served by the CTA's Red and Green Lines, offering a convenient link between CTA and Metra service on the South Side.
The station is being paid for with $4.9 million in federal grants and $6.8 million from federal stimulus funding.
It is named the Lovana S. "Lou" Jones/Bronzeville Station, after the longtime assistant Illinois House majority leader who represented the area for almost 20 years. Jones died in 2006.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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Metra Breaks Ground For New 35th Street Station
Station Expected to Open in 2010
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