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UPDATE: September 12, 2019

Homewood Train Station Renovation Funding

A heartfelt thank you to those who sent an email and/or letter encouraging the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) officials to keep the original, agreed upon methodology. Your voices were heard. CMAP has confirmed it will keep its methodology.

CMAP received approximately 485 comments for all projects in jeopardy. 450 of them were specific to Homewood Train Station Renovation Project!

So what does this mean for Homewood?

It means the Homewood Train Station Renovation Project was recommended for full funding by the Surface Transportation Program (STP) Project Selection Committee.

When will funding be confirmed for the Homewood Train Station Renovation Project?

The next meeting to confirm funding will be Thursday, October 10, 2019 with the CMAP Board and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

 

 

Homewood Train Station Renovation Funding

As most residents and commuters are aware, the Homewood Train Station has been in a severe state of disrepair for several years. It is not handicap accessible and water infiltrates the pedestrian tunnel when it rains. A full renovation would address these issues, as well as enhance rider access to the adjoining Pace Bus terminal and Amtrak station. The renovation will also rejuvenate our downtown while providing a welcoming, fully-accessible station for all transit riders.  

The Village submitted this renovation project to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to be considered for funding under the Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund Program (STP).

The STP Project Selection Committee and all municipalities eligible for this funding agreed to a program methodology matrix to appropriately evaluate and score all submitted projects. A determination was made that all approved projects would be fully funded, meaning no partial funding would be permitted. This methodology was agreed to by CMAP officials.

The Details:

  • Funding became available for regional municipalities (including Chicago) situated in the CMAP boundary  [CMAP Map]
  • A new STP Project Selection Committee was established to develop the funding criteria for projects submitted for funding
  • Project selection is a region-wide competitive process also overseen by the STP Project Selection Committee.
  • By applying the program methodology matrix adopted by the STP Project Selection Committee to evaluate and score projects based on their readiness, regional transportation impact, and support of regional planning factors, funds were programmed for the highest scoring projects by the phase and fiscal year requested within the fiscal constraints of each program year. If a request could not be fully accommodated, funds were either programmed in a later year or the project was not recommended for funding.
    • There are limited funds available each year ($40M). To make the largest impact on projects throughout the region using limited dollars if a project cost was SO large that by funding it, would wipe out the available funds, the project would either be funded in a later year, or the project was not recommended for funding.
  • Homewood submitted the Train Station Renovation project for funding requesting approximately $9.2M
  • Utilizing the STP Project Selection Committees’ criteria, Homewood’s Train Station Renovation Project scored well and was recommended to be fully funded at $9.2M

 

Homewood Train Station Renovation Renderings: Courtesy of MULLER2

Main Train Station | View: West from Ridge Road

Main Train Station | View: Southwest from Harwood Avenue

Main Train Station and Bike Racks | View: Southwest from Harwood Avenue

ADA Compliant Walkway | View: West Side of Harwood Avenue

ADA Compliant Walkway | View: Northwest from Harwood Avenue

Pace Bus Terminal | View: Northwest from Harwood Avenue

Main Train Station | Interior Sitting AreaMain Train Station | Main Stairway

Main Train Station | Interior Sitting Area from ADA Compliant Walkway

Main Train Station | Interior ADA Compliant Walkway

Main Train Station | Aerial View: Southwest from Harwood Avenue

 

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