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Metra Crossing Changes: Front Street Pedestrian Crossing Removed

Metra officials have removed the Front Street pedestrian crossing. The Mokena Street pedestrian crossing is the only one available.

Metra Metropolitan Rail officials have permanently removed the Front Street pedstrian crossing at the Mokena Train Station on Front Street.

If you park in the Front Street or Willowcrest Street lots, make sure to give yourself some additional time to access the downtown station’s south platform and board the train.

This week, Metra is permanently removing its pedestrian platform crossing over the tracks directly between the Front Street lot and the downtown station, said . Metra will also be installing fencing between the train tracks in the immediate vicinity of the downtown station to discourage commuters and other pedestrians from crossing the tracks at any point other than the gated pedestrian crossing on Mokena Street.

He said, the change is intended to "permanently promote a higher level of safety in the downtown station area as Mokena continues its push to silence the horns of trains as they travel through the community." These safety enhancements are among the final steps needed to silence the horns and create a “quiet zone” on the Rock Island line later this month.

While traversing the tracks at the Mokena Street pedestrian crossing may create a slight adjustment for some. Zoellner called it a "necessary trade-off to help protect the safety of commuters once the train horns no longer blow."

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RP33 January 09, 2013 at 04:06 PM
The Feds are getting the local police to do their work for them... on our dime.
Mo-Billy January 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM
In the morning I love to hear the distant train horns....since 1989....next thing you know they wil be putting fluoride in our water...right Eric?
Eric Blair January 09, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Lousy try. You didn't read the Operational Procedures and Tactics Manual. Better get your head out of your a-- or "they" will put you on the jobless rolls, or worse.
Eric Blair January 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM
The crime has been minimal, not enough to justify cameras. In as few as a couple of years it will be financially feasible to put micro cameras anywhere the imagination envisions. Facial recognition is already being used in most major cities. It's far more advanced than what you may realize. Police now have LPR License Plate Readers that allow thousands of scans per shift. Same for human faces in some locations. How far are you willing to let this go?
RAK January 14, 2013 at 01:57 PM
The "Quiet Zone" is now in place.

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