Metra Kendall County Extension Open House
Members of the public are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3, regarding the potential extension of commuter rail service into Kendall County.
The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego.
There has been interest in extending commuter rail service into Kendall County for many years to serve the growing population and travel demand in the area. In coordination with Metra, the Kendall Extension Study has been initiated to study the feasibility of extending the BNSF commuter rail line beyond its existing terminus in Aurora. This study is funded through previously secured federal earmarked funds that are only eligible for use on this effort. It will examine new outlying yard locations in addition to new commuter rail stations in Montgomery, Oswego, Yorkville, Plano, and Sandwich, Illinois.
This study is conducting an analysis of the following: station site options, potential environmental impacts, ridership study/impacts and costs/funding considerations. The results of this analysis will provide information to local municipalities and governments so they can make a decision about how to proceed. New local funding will be needed to design, construct, operate and maintain the extension. It is also important to note that extending commuter rail service to Kendall County, which is beyond the six-county Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) service area, would require approval from BNSF, RTA and Metra. It may also require potential changes in state law.
This study will include a robust public involvement process intended to inform community members of study progress and findings, enhance project team understanding of community transportation use and potential ridership, and assess community attitudes and preferences regarding the extension.
This open house meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the overall project, including the study elements and station location options. The open house format will allow the public to learn about the study, view exhibits and provide comments. While there is no formal presentation, project staff will be available to answer questions. Drop in anytime.
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