Tinley Park – 80th Avenue (Metra station)
|Address||18001 South 80th Avenue
Tinley Park, Illinois
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
Tinley Park – 80th Avenue Station is one of two commuter railroad stations along Metra's Rock Island District Line in Tinley Park, Illinois. The station is officially located on 18001 South 80th Avenue, lies 25.1 miles (40.4 km) away from LaSalle Street, the northern terminus of the line. Parking is available on both sides of the tracks. On the north side, where the station house resides, it's available in the east or west parking lots, while on the south side it's available in the Timber Road parking lot.
80th Avenue Station is the fourth busiest station in the entire Metra system.
The full train schedule can be found on Metra's website. There are 68 trains from this station on weekdays, 20 on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.
All inbound trains to Chicago that stop at 80th Avenue, run to the terminus of the line; LaSalle Street Station. All outbound trains that stop at 80th Avenue, with the exception of train #413, run to Joliet. Train #413 terminates at the New Lenox station.
There are 2 tracks at this station. On weekdays between 5 AM-2PM, trains from Chicago run on track 2 and trains to Chicago run on track 1. After 2 PM, trains to Joliet run on track 1 and trains to Chicago run on track 2. On weekends all trains run on track 1, unless announced otherwise.
The station has a waiting room that is open from 4:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. A ticket agent is on duty from 5:00 a.m until 12:45 p.m. during the week.
Recent analyses of financing arrangements for Tinley Park’s new 80th Avenue train station have resulted in some delays in the original construction schedule, but the Village is now moving forward with design plans.
The project has been undergoing a close financial analysis to determine the amount of funding necessary to build the type of facility that is desired at that location. The earliest estimate for bidding procedures to begin on the project is the first quarter of 2010. Start of construction is dependent on how soon acceptable funding sources are identified.
Funding for the new facility will come from a variety of sources, including Metra, the Village of Tinley Park, and federal grants obtained by U. S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill). Rep. Biggert on Wednesday announced that an additional $500,000 in federal funding has been secured, amounting to more than $1.1 million in federal grant money targeted for project.
The Village will fund various construction upgrades. However, due to recent budgetary constraints brought on by the weak economy, the amount of those upgrades will be limited to available funds.
- On March 10, 2008, a commuter was killed at the station after jumping in front of an inbound Metra train to Chicago, IL.
- On November 15, 2013, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train. Soon after, the death was ruled as a suicide and the man was identified as a fifth-grade teacher who was employed at School District 146 in Tinley Park, Illinois.