Pace Breaks Ground On Transit Center At Toyota Park
By Des Plaines Valley News
Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek was joined by U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) and other transportation officials on Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a Pace facility that should improve access to public transportation in the southwest suburbs.
The ceremony, which took place in front of Toyota Park at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, featured speeches highlighting the economic and transportation benefits that the new transit center would provide.
“This project will provide our residents better access to public transportation, assist visitors going to and from Toyota Park, and help in relieving traffic from our congested roads,” said Landek.
The Pace Toyota Park Transit Center will serve as a hub for southwest suburban bus service as well as Pace’s Arterial Rapid Transit express bus network. This express bus network will mean more frequent stops for area residents along Harlem Avenue.
The facility, which will include some sustainable materials in its structure, will include an indoor passenger waiting area and a canopy over the bus boarding area. The facility will also feature energy-saving elements such as solar-powered LED lighting.
The $2.5 million facility will be paid for primarily through $2 million in Illinois Department of Transportation and RTA grants, along with a $475,000 federal appropriation obtained by Lipinski.
Construction has already begun on the facility involving site preparation as well as electrical and concrete work.
Work on the facility itself will take place beginning next spring, with a completion date set for late in 2014.
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