GENEVA – While the Third Street commuter parking deck will be closed for about six months during construction of a third tier, the city will provide free shuttle service to the Metra station at 328 Crescent Place.
The parking deck will be closed starting Monday for construction work to begin – work that will add a third tier to the existing downtown structure. Once completed, the expanded deck will provide parking for about 540 vehicles.
Free temporary commuter shuttle service and parking will be available at the First Baptist Church East Campus, 2300 South St., Geneva, as well as the baseball field parking lot east of the Public Works Department, 1800 South St., Geneva.
Commuters will not be charged to park at the shuttle lots or to ride the shuttle bus during construction, officials said.
“We are thrilled that the long awaited completion of the commuter parking level is officially beginning,” Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns said. “We ask our residents, businesses and commuters to be patient as we build the third level.”
Aldermen acting as the committee of the whole first recommended approval of an agreement with the PACE Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority, then finalized it at a special City Council meeting immediately after the committee meeting.
Metra will reimburse the city for the cost of the shuttle, estimated to be nearly $45,000, officials said. With a 60-day notice, either party may terminate the agreement, in which case the city would pay and be reimbursed to that point, according to the agreement.
The shuttle will operate on weekdays during rush hours to and from Geneva’s Metra station, with five morning trips and five evening trips from Monday until Feb. 13, 2015.
The insurance and legal terms have been reviewed and approved by the insurance company and the city’s attorney, officials said.
A map, shuttle schedule and additional parking options are available on the city’s website, www.geneva.il.us.
The $4.5 million project, which will provide an additional 180 parking spaces, is being funded entirely by grants through Metra. Construction is anticipated to be completed in the winter, with additional restoration work being finished next spring.
The expansion project was approved by Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City Council.
The deck is being expanded in order to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific’s plans to add a third rail line, which will remove some existing surface parking spaces.
During construction, the parking deck will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. The contractor also will be closing the Second Street entrance drive to the structure, removing some on-street parking spots.
Signs have been posted at the Metra station and throughout the area notifying commuters of the construction, according to the city. Flyers also have been distributed to commuters and business owners about the project.
Those with questions can call the city administrator’s office at 630-262-8495 or check the city’s website for updates.