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Ground Breaking Ceremony Held for Rebuilding of the Amtrak, Metra Homewood Station

September 30, 2020

A conductor picks up a step box after passengers have finished disembarking from the northbound Illini at Homewood, Illinois in September 1996

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week to mark the launch of a $29 million project to renovate the Homewood, Illinois, Amtrak and Metra station.

The work, which began in July, will improve the accessibility of the facility located alongside Canadian National tracks and served by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, Illini and Saluki.

Workers will replace the station stairway and install a ramp to allow passengers access to a tunnel under the tracks, which leads to the boarding platforms.

Other work planned for next year includes leveling the path between the station building, parking area and entrance to the tunnel.

Metra plans to replace its existing station structure on the east side of the tracks, renovate the existing tunnel and create accessible paths from both ends of the tunnel.

The tunnel, which is 109 years old, will be waterproofed, receive improved lighting, drainage and ventilation systems, and be coated in a graffiti resistant finish.

Amtrak is spending $15 million on the $29 million project, Metra is chipping in $14 million, the village of Homewood will contribute $585,000 and Cook County will provide $300,000.

The Homewood station was built by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1923.

Amtrak plans to build a ramp building to house the elevator and walkways. The work also includes renovating the waiting area and restrooms of the existing station.

“We’ll put down new tile and move some walls to make the restrooms accessible, but you should be able to distinguish what is new and what was original to this space without taking away any of the history or character of the building — it’s really a beautiful station,” Amtrak Project Manager Jamie Shindell said.

For now Amtrak passengers are unable to board or disembark from trains in Homewood due to the construction.

Instead, they are riding buses to and from the next Amtrak station to the south, Kankakee.

Amtrak expects trains to resume boarding and disembarking in Homewood from a temporary platform in late March 2021. The project is expected to be completed by October 2021.

Amtrak to Temporarily Cease Stopping in Homewood

July 23, 2020

As a Canadian National train works at nearby Markham Yard, Amtrak’s southbound Saluki calls at the Homewood station on Aug. 8, 2008.

Amtrak will suspend train service to Homewood, Illinois, starting July 27 due to a station construction project that will extend through next spring.

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans and Chicago-Carbondale corridor trains will no longer stop in Homewood but alternative bus service will be provided between Homewood and Kankakee, Illinois.

During the construction project, which is expected to last through March 31, 2021, passenger traveling to Homewood from points south will disembark in Kankakee and ride a bus to Homewood.

Passengers would have boarded in Homewood for points south will board a bus in Kankakee and travel to Kankakee where they will board their train.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during the construction the boarding platform will be closed and a temporary waiting room and restrooms will be established near the station building.

Portions of the station parking lot will be closed for construction stating.

No alternative transportation is being provided between Chicago Union Station and Homewood.

However, Metra Electric trains will continue to operate between Homewood and the Millenium station in downtown Chicago.

The Amtrak charter buses operating between Homewood and Kankakee will have numbers corresponding to their connection trains: 4058, 4059, 4390 and 4393.

Although Amtrak does not provide local service between Homewood and Chicago, it does allow passengers to board in Homewood if they are connecting to other Amtrak trains at Union Station.

Such passengers may either board Amtrak in Kankakee or in Joliet, Illinois, to begin their journey to Chicago Union Station and a connection with another Amtrak train.

Metra to Show Plans to Renovate Homewood Station

July 6, 2017

Metra plans to renovate the station that it shares with Amtrak in Homewood, Illinois.  The commuter rail agency will give the public a preview of the plans during a meeting at 7 p.m. on July 10 in the board room at Homewood Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.

The former Illinois Central station is used by the Metra Electric line and Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, Illini and Saluki. Built in 1923, the station serves 1,200 Metra passengers a day.

Among the renovations being considered are reconstruction of the east and west entrances, installation of new stairs and ADA compliant ramps, new stairs leading to the Amtrak platform, and reconstruction of the Amtrak platform and canopy.

Other work will include installation of water seepage barriers and a drainage system in the tunnel, new tunnel walls, ceiling and lighting; and reconfiguration of parking on the Park Avenue side of the station.

Although rebuilding of the Amtrak facilities is expected to begin in 2018, Metra won’t work on its own part of the station until funds are available.

Metra completed interim repairs to the Homewood station in 2015, including replacing all the steps on the metal stairway that connects the pedestrian tunnel with the platform; replacing all of the ceiling tiles above those stairs; cleaning, sealing and painting all windows above the stairs; repairing and painting stucco; painting areas throughout the station; painting ceiling tiles at the east and west entrances; and adding LED bulbs in the tunnel.

No One Boarding the Illini in Homewood

November 25, 2016


An Amtrak crew member is picking up the step box and will soon board the northbound Illini at Homewood, Illinois, as it departs for its final stop at Chicago Union Station. The date is Aug. 31, 1996.

Amtrak does not carry passengers from Homewood to Chicago except when they are connecting there with other Amtrak trains.

Homewood is shown as a discharge only station for the northbound Illini.

Some passengers who disembarked here are still lingering on the platform before walking down a stairway to a tunnel that leads to the station.

Ticket Agent Removals Continued During 2016

September 6, 2016

In case you missed it, Amtrak continued to remove agents from its stations during the summer of 2016.

Here is a summary of those stations that lost their agents and the routes service.

Amtrak 4Glenview, Illinois: Amtrak reached an agreement with Chicago regional commuter rail agency Metra to staff this station, which is served by Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service (Chicago-Milwaukee) and the Empire Builder (Chicago-Seattle/Portland).

The Amtrak announcement said that Metra agents will not be selling Amtrak tickets.

The waiting room will be open between 5:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Amtrak said those requiring ticketing or other assistance from Amtrak station personnel should use Chicago Union Station, 18 miles south of Glenview.

Homewood, Illinois: Although also a joint station with Metra, the ticket office has been closed.

The station waiting room will remain open and an Amtrak Quik-Track ticketing kiosk is located here. The waiting room also has vending machines and restrooms.

The waiting room will remain open until after the departure of the last train of the day, scheduled to be the southbound City of New Orleans.

The nearest Amtrak staffed station is Chicago Union Station, 24 miles north of Homewood.

Homewood is served by the Illini and Saluki (Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois) and the City of New Orleans (Chicago-New Orleans).

Port Huron, Michigan: Served by the Chicago-Port Huron Blue Water, the station waiting area will remain open from 11 p.m. until the departure of No. 356 the next morning to Chicago.

The waiting area has restrooms and vending machines, including a Quik-Trak ticketing kiosk.

Amtrak notes that parking at this station is limited.

Prince (Beckley), West Virginia: Served by the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal, the waiting room is open for all trains departures and arrivals.

As is standard at most stations with caretakers, the station opens 30 minutes before train time and remain open for 30 minutes after a train departs.

Removal of the Amtrak agent also meant that checked baggage and Amtrak Express service ended at Prince.

Wolf Point, Montana: Served by the Empire Builder, the waiting room will open at 11 a.m. and close at 5:30 pm or after the last train departs.

Removal of the ticket agent also ended checked baggage service here.

Rugby, North Dakota: Served by the Empire Builder, the station waiting room will continue to be open for all train arrivals and departures, although Amtrak did not specific the hours.

Checked baggage service has also ended here. The nearest staffed station is in Minot, North Dakota, located 39 miles west of Rugby.