Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Congressman Bobby L. Rush And Metra Dedicate New Wrightwood Commuter Station

Jan 13, 2005
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush along with officials from the City of Chicago and Metra joined together today to dedicate an all-new commuter station at 3259 W. Columbus Avenue, which is located on Metras SouthWest Service line from Orland Park.

Continuing the trend of replacing and updating a number of commuter stations, Congressman Rush is excited about what the new Metra Wrightwood station brings to the community. The Wrightwood commuter station is a fine example of how by responding to the needs of the public, we set new standards for safe and efficient transportation, said Rep. Rush.  As the southwest region continues to grow, its good to see state, regional and federal resources at the forefront of positively impacting the commuter experience.

Alderman Thomas Murphy (18th) and Metra Director Larry A. Huggins were also on hand at the event.

The southwest region continues to grow at an astounding rate, said Huggins. That is why Metra is committed to providing safe, quality train service and to keeping up with the demand for travel that accompanies this growth.

             Replacing a station that dates back to 1987, the $1 million investment includes a 600-square-foot brick depot, 635-foot paved platform with benches, and 90-space parking lot. Other amenities include visual and audio information systems, signs, and lighting.

The project was funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Regional Transportation Authority.

Located nearly 12 miles from the lines terminus in downtown Chicago, Wrightwood is served by 16 trains each weekday and handles about 150 daily boardings.

            Metra provides commuter rail service between the downtown Chicago business district and 225 stations in northeast Illinois communities over 11 routes totaling approximately 500 miles of service territory. Metra operates 700 weekday trains, providing 292,000 passenger trips.