Mobility-Challenged Metra Riders Slowed At Lisle Station

 LISLE (CBS) — If you’ve ever rushed to catch a train, you’ve probably passed them: People with physical challenges fighting to get up the stairs.

 Some commuters question why one suburban Metra station doesn’t have easier access, CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

Barette says her knee problems force her to struggle to get up the stairs at the Lisle Metra station.

“This is so painful every morning,” Lisa Barette says.

Dodie Peters shares her frustration. She uses a cane with each step.

“People try to get around you and you have to watch the stairs because people are trying to walk around you,” she says. “They’re in a hurry to catch a train.”

They’re just two passengers who say the west suburban station is too difficult to get through when you have physical challenges.

Metra’s website lists the station as “accessible,” but Peters disagrees and says the commuter rail stop needs an elevator.

Some riders say you can avoid the steps by taking a pedestrian tunnel, but it adds the equivalent of several city blocks to the trip.

“It becomes a bit of a problem I think if you have some mobility challenges going from one side to the other,” Lisle Village Manager Jerry Sprecher says.

Lisle officials say they’re committed to making the station more accessible.

They’ve been working on a plan to put an elevator there since 2006.

But for now, it means some passengers will have to endure.

The village expects to bid the project by sometime next month. It will cost more than $400,000.

  • Jim

    but Lisle found some $10 million to put in pretty street lightts, pong and fountains in the ghost town they call the main street redevelpment.

  • Michelle

    And Lisle trustees found more than $9 million to build that huge new village hall and $20 million to give to Navistar. We sure know what Lisle’s priorities are and it is not the communters that use the train station.

  • Jude

    I saw this last night, and I thought that maybe you would be interested in our problem. Recently Metra built a fence between the tracks at the 119th Street Station in Blue Island. This fence divides the area where the train pulls up. It has to be seen to be believed, but it is long enough that it stretches from the area where the train stops, along the entire length of a train, in other words, from 119th Street to 120th. We are all terrified because of it. The parking lot is on the west side of the tracks and the fence. The inbound train stops on the east side. Someone running to catch a train is going to get hit. The City of Blue Island has contacted Metra with no luck. Please do something.

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