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Oswego, Montgomery looking for role in Metra’s long-range plans

Updated: November 8, 2012 5:50PM



Metra is looking at a pair of sites in Montgomery for possible commuter lots, where people could park their cars and then take a bus to catch a train at the Aurora Transportation Center.

The commuter lots were mentioned this week at a combined public hearing for Metra’s proposed 2013 budget and open house for its strategic plan. Officials with Metra, Pace and the CTA all were on hand at the forum at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.

Metra’s proposed 2013 budget is $713.5 million in spending for operations, a 3.9 percent increase over 2012 levels.

The 2013 budget will allow the commuter rail line to keep current service levels the same, officials said.

Metra’s David Kralik said the agency is looking at the Fox Valley for future connection options. Kralik said two studies are under way for engineering and environmental reports on the possible Montgomery commuter lots. One is being considered for the Lyon Metal parking area off Mill Street, and the other at a site south of Routes 30 and 31.

“We are excited about this, but it is a long-term project,” Montgomery Mayor Marilyn Michelini said.

Metra officials said pairing the budget hearings with the strategic plan open house provide residents with a “one-stop shopping” experience. Residents can mail comments to the Assistant Secretary to the Metra Board of Directors, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661; or e-mail to 2013budgetcommets@metrarr.com.



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