Metra Soliciting Public Input on Projects and Vision at Open House in Evanston and Online
Metra will be holding an open house at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center on July 18 to solicit input from riders and residents on its mission, vision for the future and projects on which Metra should focus. City of Evanston officials highly encourage the public to attend the open house to share their thoughts.
Additionally, residents, whether they can or cannot attend the open house, can participate in an online survey here>>> until August 10, 2012.
What: Metra Open House
When: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Where: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 4th Floor Parasol Room, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
The City of Evanston has already been able to work in a collaborative way with CTA to address infrastructure needs with the replacement of three viaducts in Evanston and the completion of repair work of a CTA retaining wall along Chicago Ave. and now is looking forward to working with Metra.
In the fall of 2011, Metra CEO Alex Clifford and UP North Line officials toured Metra infrastructure in Evanston and Alderman Don Wilson (4th Ward) testified before a Metra budget meeting discussing Union Pacific Railroad infrastructure needs in Evanston, amongst other topics.
“The City of Evanston truly appreciated CEO Clifford’s visit to Evanston last fall. We appreciated him spending time reviewing the infrastructure needs that the city believes are important,” explained Alderman Wilson, a daily rider of Metra’s UP North Line. “It was a great opportunity for him to see the city and really get to see first-hand what we, as elected officials and residents, believe are important infrastructure needs and to prioritize what we as a city are looking to accomplish.”
“Chicago already has a plan in the works and under way, and I am happy that they are holding this open house here in Evanston. I highly encourage residents and riders alike to participate,” Alderman Wilson concluded.
Metra has provided more materials online regarding the various open houses it has scheduled throughout the summer here>>>.