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Paschen Breaks Ground on Southside Metra Facility

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On May 1st, we joined U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, RTA’s President Kirk Dillard, Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski, and well over 100 Metra employees at the groundbreaking on the Rock Island Rehab Shop Expansion. The facility will serve multiple functions, including job training, rehab, and maintenance of the Rock Island Line train cars.

Additions to the facility include a newly enclosed Diesel Shop, which will allow work to continue through the inclement weather. The storage building will be fully enclosed with side panels and a new roof. This will provide additional storage for material needed to repair and upgrade cars safe from the elements.

A new cast-in-place loading dock at the Coach Shop will allow for reduced delivery times.  

A new 40,000 sf state-of-the-art training facility will allow Metra to educate and provide on-site job training. The facility also will include new classrooms, locker rooms, welding booths, overhead cranes, and a high bay area where rail cars will be brought into the building and can be used for training purposes.

Upon completion, this renovated facility will allow Metra to increase the number of cars the can be repaired per year, resulting in upgraded and well-maintained cars for passengers.

We are committed to awarding over 25% of the subcontracting work to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.

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