Lipinski announces construction of new transit center at Toyota Park
Each year, thousands of people use Pace service to attend sporting events and concerts Toyota Park in Bridgeview and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution around the stadium. Late next year, passengers will have a safer, more comfortable environment in which to wait for the bus when the Pace Toyota Park Transit Center is expected to open.
The facility was developed and funded through a partnership involving Pace, the Village of Bridgeview, RTA and the Federal Transit Administration, with key support from Congressman Dan Lipinski along with Bridgeview Mayor and Illinois State Senator Steven Landek. The $2.475 million facility is funded via $2 million in Illinois Department of Transportation and RTA grant funds, and a $475,000 federal appropriation obtained by Congressman Lipinski.
Features include an indoor waiting area along with a canopied bus staging area. Solar-powered LED lighting and other sustainable elements are planned for the final phase of construction.
“I was happy to be able to secure federal funding and work with Bridgeview and Pace to help make this state-of-the-art facility possible,” said Lipinski, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Public Transportation Caucus in Congress. "The new transit center at Toyota Park will make mass transit more convenient and user friendly, encourage job growth, cut down on traffic congestion and improve the quality of life for area residents. I'm proud to have played a critical role in making this project happen.”
“This project benefits Toyota Park, Bridgeview and the region, and is an excellent example of how we can help residents and spur development through cooperation among multiple units of government,” said Bridgeview Mayor and State Senator Steven Landek.
The surrounding area is targeted by the village for development to include entertainment and lodging, and the transit center is positioned to provide convenient access to transit service for visitors and employees traveling along the corridor.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together with local and regional partners to more show how investing in transit can support the success of this type of development project,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski.
Pace plans to include Harlem Avenue in the development of its Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) express bus network and the transit center would be a hub for passengers to connect between local bus routes and the ART.
Phase I construction is underway at Toyota Park, which includes electrical and concrete work. The next phase will include final construction of the building and canopy with completion estimated to by the end of 2014.
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