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Homewood’s historic Amtrak train station overhaul underway; Metra station is next

Image courtesy of Amtrak

Stepping into Amtrak’s Homewood train station is like stepping back into a time when railroads were the country’s primary people movers.

Built in 1923 as part of the Illinois Central Railroad system, the station is getting a $15 million rehab that will dovetail with similar plans by Metra to renovate its adjacent commuter station on its Electric District line. Amtrak is using federal funding for the work.

Both projects were touted during a recent news conference in Homewood, where officials spoke of long-needed and long-anticipated investments to maintain the region’s mass transit system.

Many of the architectural elements of the station, which is on the state’s Register of Historic Places, are being preserved, with an additional building to be constructed directly south… Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Related stories include: Officials mark the start of Homewood station renovation and Amtrak gives details on Homewood station renovation project in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, and Homewood improvements will make it an even better home for Amtrak and Metra customers in Illinois on the Amtrak Media Center.

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