Belmont station (Metra)

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Belmont
Belmont Station - September 2016.jpg
The station at Belmont in September 2016.
Location 5000 Belmont Road
Belmont, Illinois
Coordinates 41°47′43″N 88°02′17″W / 41.7952°N 88.0381°W / 41.7952; -88.0381Coordinates: 41°47′43″N 88°02′17″W / 41.7952°N 88.0381°W / 41.7952; -88.0381
Owned by Metra
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 island platform demolished)
Tracks 3
Connections Pace Buses
Grove Commuter Shuttle
Construction
Parking Yes; Vendors
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone E
History
Opened 1996
Rebuilt 2010-2012
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 1,325 (avg. weekday)[1]
Rank 25 out of 236[2]
Services
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Aurora
BNSF Railway

Belmont is one of three railroad stations on Chicago Metra's BNSF Railway Line in the unincorporated area of Belmont, Illinois. The station is on Belmont Road 22.9 miles (36.9 km) from Union Station, the east end of the line.[3]

Like Downers Grove Main Street Belmont has connections to both Pace Buses, and the Village's own Grove Commuter Shuttle. Unlike the stations at Main Street and Fairview Avenue however, Belmont has parking vendors.

On August 10, 2001, 25-year-old Kristy Fujii fainted due to heat exhaustion, and fell onto the tracks as an oncoming train was approaching.[4] The engineer immediately noticed Fujii and applied the train's emergency break system. The first train car ran over her body, lacerating her pelvis and liver. Luckily, a bystander was able to move her body moments before she was run over, so the train's wheels would avoid crushing her head. Fujii was trapped under the train for another 30 minutes before rescuers could free her. She survived, but required several surgeries.[5]

The station underwent major renovations in the late 2000s. In order to reduce level crossing accidents, an underpass was installed. Belmont Road was re-routed underneath the tracks. Demolition began in late 2008, construction started in 2010, and the new underpass and pedestrian tunnel opened in 2012. The $60 million project was funded by Metra, BNSF, DuPage County, and the State of Illinois.[6]

Bus connections[edit]

Pace Bus

  • 821: Woodridge-Belmont Feeder

Grove Commuter Shuttle

  • West Route

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  3. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - BNSF Railway Line
  4. ^ Coen, Jeff. [articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-08-11/news/0108110114_1_commuter-train-rescue-crews-platform "Family thanks woman's rescuers"] Check |url= value (help). chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Yates, John. [articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-08-10/news/0108100172_1_train-tracks-first-car "Woman Pinned Under Train On Mend"] Check |url= value (help). chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Rhodes, Dawn (24 October 2012). "New Downers Grove rail crossing safe, efficient, officials say". Chicago Tribune. 

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