Agencies seek input on Harvey design options

Publication Date
Thursday, January 05, 2023

Pace and Metra will hold an open house in Harvey next week to solicit feedback regarding several design alternatives for a project to rebuild, expand and consolidate the Pace Harvey Transportation Center and Metra Harvey Station into a modernized, unified facility that better serves the people of the region. The project is expected to begin construction in mid-2024.

The open house will be held at the Harvey Public Library, 15441 Turlington Ave., during normal library hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, and virtually on the same days by clicking here. In addition, the project team will be at the library on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. until noon to answer questions and receive comments.

Feedback regarding the different alternatives will be used to help complete the final design.

Pace and Metra are working with the City of Harvey on the project near 154th Street and Park Avenue in Harvey’s downtown. Both the Pace and Metra facilities will be reconstructed for rider comfort, safety, and accessibility, and the improvements will boost economic growth in Harvey, create jobs, enhance residents’ quality of life, and provide a more attractive transportation alternative to driving.

Project benefits include:

  • Easier transfers between Pace buses and Metra trains, especially for people with mobility limitations. The facility serves 10 Pace bus routes and the Metra Electric Line.
  • Enhanced job access for those commuting into Chicago and the northern suburbs.
  • Improved, fully-ADA compliant service, including a dedicated area for ADA paratransit vehicles, for riders with disabilities who use fixed route and/or paratransit service.
  • New, interior waiting areas and passenger restrooms.
  • A canopied Pace boarding area with four additional bus bays.
  • Metra platform improvements that include a lengthened platform and full-length canopy.
  • An expanded Metra entrance at Park Ave. and 154th St. and an enclosed Metra entry at 155th St.
  • New vendor space.
  • Modernized elevator at the 154th Street entry.
  • A consolidated commuter parking lot.
  • Bicycle parking.
  • New lighting and wayfinding.
  • Hiring opportunities for hundreds of construction jobs in south suburban communities in need of reinvestment.
  • Demonstrated support for the federal government’s new Justice40 economic investment initiative, as bus routes serving this hub travel through some of Illinois’ most underserved communities.

The total estimated project cost is $70 million. Funding sources include a $20 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, investment through the State’s Rebuild Illinois bill, and Pace and Metra capital funds.

More information about the project can be found here.