Arlington Park (Metra station)

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Arlington Park
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The station platforms at Arlington Park
Station statistics
Address 2121 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Coordinates 42°05′43″N 88°00′33″W / 42.0953°N 88.0092°W / 42.0953; -88.0092Coordinates: 42°05′43″N 88°00′33″W / 42.0953°N 88.0092°W / 42.0953; -88.0092
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened 1975
Owned by Union Pacific
Fare zone E
Services
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Harvard or McHenry
Union Pacific Northwest
toward Ogilvie

Arlington Park is one of two Metra commuter railroad stations along Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest line in the Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois. The station is located at 2121 West Northwest Highway (US 14) and Wilke Road, within Arlington Park Race Course, and lies 24.2 miles (38.9 km) from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago.[1] In Metra's zone-based fare system, Arlington Park is in zone E.

Like the Long Island Rail Road's Belmont Park station in Nassau County, New York, and the Aqueduct Racetrack station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway in Queens, New York, Arlington Park Station was designed originally to serve just the Arlington Park Race Track. Now it conveniently serves postal employees at the Processing and Distribution Center in Palatine as well as residents of southeast Palatine and west Arlington Heights, although a fence blocks most of the access to the station from the Palatine side. Unlike the LIRR and NYC Subway stations mentioned above, Arlington Park shares service with the rest of the UP-NW line, rather than a spur or sidetrack. No bus connections are available, although a Pace route, 723 previously served rush hour commuters to and from the east side of Palatine and the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

Parking is available within a section of the track complex's property dedicated for Metra commuter parking. As of June 2010, the price was $1.50 per day. The commuter parking lot is operated by Imperial Parking Corporation,[2] operating as Impark. Impark has sometimes drawn criticism over business practices related to parking payment; at this lot in particular, commuters are required to pay a surcharge to use pay-by-phone when the lot's payment machines are out of order.[3] In October and November 2008, there were a rash of car break-ins at the lot during daylight hours while commuters were parked.[4]

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