Randolph Street refurbishment
RANDOLPH Street station in Chicago is to undergo a $15m multi-phase refurbishment. Served by Metra Electric District and South Shore commuter trains, the station will be expanded by 1300m2, with improved lighting, larger passenger concourses, more convenient ticket sales, revamped toilets and modern information systems. Waiting areas will be air-conditioned, and retail outlets closed since 1996 will be reinstated. Following a six-year delay caused by street rebuilding and construction of a new park, the work will take place in four phases for completion in 2004.
- Metra reported 82·3 million one-way boardings during 2001, an increase of nearly 500000 from 2000 and the sixth consecutive year of growth. It represents a 40% increase since Metra took over Chicago commuter rail services in 1984, but was below the agency's goal of 84 million trips. Total passenger-km last year exceeded 2·9 billion. An overall rise of 1% is predicted this year.