Project Overview

The City of Des Plaines has partnered with AECOM and The Lakota Group to prepare a feasibility study of a potential new North Central Service Line (NCS) station in the area around Lee Street/Mannheim Road and Oakton Street. While both the Union Pacific Northwest (UPNW) and NCS lines run through Des Plaines, only the UPNW has stations at Cumberland and Downtown Des Plaines. The City believes that a commuter rail station in this area would:

The team will evaluate local conditions, including zoning and infrastructure, existing transportation systems, destinations, ridership origins, and potential new riders to determine the feasibility of the station. The study will also examine the benefits and costs associated with an infill station in this area.

This Des Plaines Oakton Metra Station website will serve as an information hub as well as a platform for public input – it will be routinely updated as the planning process continues with the latest documents and additional ways to share your voice.

Thanks to all who came to the Open House!

The findings of the Feasibility Study will be presented at the Des Plaines City Council Meeting on September 16 at 7pm.

A community open house was hosted on Wednesday, February 6 from 5-7pm at the Des Plaines Public Library. The open house included a series of exhibits with information about the feasibility study, initial findings, and opportunities for feedback. We heard from area residents and community leaders who shared both their excitement and concerns surrounding the potential for a Metra Station at this location. A community ridership survey was also created for the project team to understand the way area residents currently commute.

All of the input received at the open house, through the survey, as well as through messages from the study Facebook page and website, are summarized in the Community Input Report – part of the final Feasibility Study Report. Community input received throughout the process is also summarized in the Feasibility Study Executive Summary. These documents, as well as exhibits from the open house, are posted in the documents section.

Check the study website and study facebook page often for updates. In the meantime, any questions or concerns you have regarding the feasibility study can be submitted via the contact section at the bottom of the page.



Relevant Documents

The final Feasibility Study and Executive Summary are available for download below. All exhibits from the February open house are also accessible below. As additional documents and reports for this project become available, they will be posted in the section below.

A Metra train station at the south end of the City would be a stimulus to economic development and transit oriented developments while connecting the area to the region's most significant employment center, O'Hare International Airport.


AECOM has an interdisciplinary team of engineers, designers, planners and program and construction managers successful in executing major projects across various sectors, such as urban development, transportation, environment, master planning and energy efficient building. Learn more

The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group is a team of planners and designers with extensive experience working in Niles and across the country. We are experts in community engagement, ensuring all voices are heard and incorporated into project decision making. Learn more