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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