Train station construction moving full speed ahead - November 13, 2013
Next month, local commuters will be able to cross off one thing on their wish lists -- a new train station. City officials hope to open the station before Christmas.
The new train station has significant architectural details and elongated canopies with prominent columns. It also includes a warming shelter, restroom facilities, indoor/outdoor seated waiting areas, and a geothermal heating system – one of many environmentally friendly features.
The city's Metra station runs between Joliet and downtown Chicago and serves approximately 1,600 weekday commuters.
UPDATED October 25
On October 25, the City of Oak Forest broke ground on a new Metra train station at 159th
t and Cicero Avenue. The new train station will have significant architectural details and elongated canopies with prominent columns and integrated landscaping. It will include a warming shelter, bike parking and lockers, restroom facilities, indoor/outdoor seated waiting areas, and a geothermal heating system – one of many environmentally friendly features. Construction of the train station is expected to be completed in spring 2013. In the meantime, please check this page often for the latest construction updates.
Construction begins - Posted February 21, 2013
Beginning Monday, February 25 and continuing for approximately six months, platform #1, east of the Oak Forest depot, will be closed to facilitate construction of the new train station. The two pedestrian crossings located east of the station will be removed from service. Please use the center pedestrian crosswalk located near the station or the crosswalk located at the west end of the platform near 159th Street. Click here for diagram
Daily and handicap parking changes - Posted November 20, 2012
Beginning Monday, November 26, there will be no daily parking available in the Old Main parking lot in front of the train station. Daily Parking is being relocated to the three adjacent parking lots and handicap parking consolidated to allow for construction of the new train station. Daily parking patrons are to use the Oak Street, 157th Street, or Waverly Avenue commuter lots.
All handicapped parking for the Oak Forest commuter station will move to the west side of the existing station building to allow for construction of the new station and platform. A new handicap accessible ramp is available by the west stairs leading to the station platform along with the pay box for daily handicap parking. Please see the new handicap parking plan (attached jpeg).
The new train station will include a warming shelter, bike parking and lockers, bathroom facilities, indoor/outdoor seated waiting areas, and a convenient rider drop-off zone. We appreciate your patience during construction and look forward to the new station be completed in Spring 2013. If you are unsure about where you should park or questions about handicap accessibility, please call Oak Forest Public Works at (708) 535-4090.