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Metra Awards Contract for New Auburn-Gresham Station

Metra’s board of directors has approved a $28.2-million contract to build the new Auburn Park Station on the Rock Island Line in the South Side’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. The contract was awarded to John Burns Construction of Orland Park, IL.

“Our South Side communities have long suffered from disinvestment and unequal access to basic amenities like public transportation,” said State Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins, who secured $30 million in state funding. “This Metra stop will help connect local families to economic opportunities and other resources our community needs to grow and thrive.”

The new, fully accessible station at 79th Street will feature:

  • A large landscaped plaza 
  • A vendor building with glass storefronts 
  • A living green wall along the existing retaining wall
  • A staircase and two elevators between the street and platform levels
  • A snow melt system that will keep the platform clear without deicing chemicals
  • An 84-space parking lot 
  • Roadway improvements 

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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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