Cary increases scope of Metra train station project, anticipates 2018 completion

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This rendering shows a possible design for Cary's new Metra warming shelter from Muller & Muller Ltd.
Image provided This rendering shows a possible design for Cary's new Metra warming shelter from Muller & Muller Ltd.

CARY – Cary officials have approved an increase in the scope, and cost, of a project to upgrade the village’s more than 50-year-old Metra station.  

Alterations requested throughout the duration of the project by all stakeholders – the village, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Union Pacific and Metra – require an increase in the amount that can be spent under the village’s architectural and site engineering design services agreement with Muller and Muller Ltd. 

The original contract had an amount not to exceed about $279,000, while the new one is authorized for an amount not to exceed about $312,000, according to village documents.

“It’s a unique project, and it’s on a narrow strip of land,” interim Village Administrator Jake Rife said. “And you have a lot of stakeholders involved in this. … They’ve all been great partners in this project, and we’re just working through challenges coming up.” 

One of those challenges is relocating a fiber optic network at the site, Rife said. Other items that have been requested include a guardrail warrant analysis, relocation of an existing shelter canopy to the outbound platform and additional Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, documents show. 

About $2 million of the estimated $2.5 million to $3 million project will be covered by a federal grant, Rife said. The rest of the cost will be picked up by the village. The original estimate for design services was $300,000, according to village documents.

Construction for the project previously was estimated to begin in 2016, but likely will not start until 2018, Rife said, and would be completed later that year. 

Future items regarding the station that will be coming before the Village Board include passing a purchase and sale agreement with Union Pacific to allow for the construction of the property, and approving an intergovernmental agreement with Metra, Rife said. 

The village is planning to build a fully enclosed building and ticket agent facility on the inbound side of the tracks and to demolish the existing building on the outbound side of the tracks.

“It’s right at the corner of Route 14 in the village of Cary, and it’s going to be such an important building in our downtown,” Rife said. “When people come and pass through the village of Cary, that’s going to be one of the first things they see.”

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