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Metra may add 40 parking spots at Fox Lake station

FOX LAKE – Fox Lake is one step closer to having its Metra train station parking lot expanded.

The Metra Capital Oversight Committee gave the thumbs up to a contract that would add parking spots to the lots at the Fox Lake and Great Lakes train stations, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

The contract still needs approval by the Metra Board of Directors, and will likely go before them at the June 21 meeting.

The contract was awarded to Chicagoland Paving, which at $284,000 for the Fox Lake portion was the lowest responsive bidder. The bulk of the funding comes from a federal congestion mitigation and air quality grant.

Reile didn’t know whether the village of Fox Lake has to provide any matching funds, and the village administrator didn’t return a phone call Friday afternoon.

“The goal of the project is to reduce congestion or get cars off the road,” Reile said.

If the board approves the lot project in late June, work could start in July and would be complete before the end of the year, she said.

At this point in the planning – how the project will be phased still is being worked out with the contractor – Metra does not foresee any closures to the existing lot, but if that changes, the transit agency will coordinate with the village and give riders advance notice.

The plan is to minimize any impacts to station users, Reile said.

Forty spots would be added, bringing the total number of spots at the station to 457.

The Milwaukee District North Line runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago and terminates in downtown Fox Lake.

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