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Long-Delayed Ravenswood Metra Station Renovation Could Be Done By Spring

Construction of the western side of the Ravenswood station was completed in 2015. Work on the eastern platform has been delayed multiple times.

The Ravenswood Metra station on Sept. 8, 2022.
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RAVENSWOOD — The Ravenswood Metra overhaul that began more than a decade ago might be nearing the finish line.

The eastern, or inbound, platform of the station at 4800 N. Ravenswood Ave. could reopen by late winter or early spring, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. 

The renovation includes longer and covered platforms, warming shelters, new lights, space for a ticket office, vendor space, stairs and American with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps.

“We are still awaiting some materials to finish the work. We will be putting up signs at the station, making announcements on the trains and sending alerts to notify our riders when the station will be opening,” Gillis said.

The upgrades are part of a $30 million project to renovate 11 bridges along Metra’s Union Pacific North line, which was announced in 2010. Construction on the western platform wrapped in 2015.

Previous delays to the project were caused in part by a polar vortex in 2014 and cuts in funding to Metra in 2010.

The work was fully funded in 2020, and officials planned to begin the final phase of the eastern portion of the station last spring, but supply chain issues delayed that work. 

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