Metra station work starts

Metra has begun a project at the Mayfair Station on the Milwaukee North Line to replace and extend the platforms, replace the lighting and add two new shelters.

The $500,000 job is expected to take about 3 months to complete.

The platforms at Mayfair can now fit three cars, which slows the boarding and exiting processes and makes it more difficult to make sure trains stopping at Mayfair do not block the nearby intersection with the UP Northwest Line, according to Metra. The new platforms will be able to accommodate seven cars.

The extension of the platforms on both sides are being built first, and while that work is under way, trains will continue to stop at the existing platforms. When the extensions are done, trains will stop there while the old platforms are replaced. Train service will not be affected, according to Metra.

The work will also include new lighting and two new shelters.

Metra said that the station is used by about 350 riders each weekday.