At Metra, we believe that aesthetic enhancements at stations and facilities can be an integral component of broader community outreach and partnership-building efforts - another way to help our riders and the public think of Metra as My Metra. Our train stations and surrounding areas are visible landmarks known to riders and non-riders alike.
By using art, painting and station enhancements and landscaping and gardening projects, Metra seeks to foster a strong sense of pride and ownership for riders and neighbors living in each community we serve.
Art reflecting the unique characteristics of the local community, including murals on or adjacent to facilities, free-standing sculptures, mosaics or photographs.
Painting and Community Enhancements
Beautification of public areas including viaducts, columns and bridge walls.
Landscaping and Gardening Projects
Installation and maintenance of plants, shrubs and flowers or other landscaping and garden enhancements.
Applications from community groups and individuals representing community groups are accepted throughout the year. The process to review applications can vary by project and complexity. Metra will respond to proposers within 45 days of the submission receipt as to the status of the application.
Applicants must be willing and able to fund their projects, although, in some cases, Metra may be able to contribute some materials or workforce support to make them more lasting and safe.
- Artistic quality of the proposed enhancement
- Appropriateness of the proposed enhancement to the site
- Permanence, durability, maintainability and use of high-quality materials
- Absence of hazards to the public
- Recommended measures to protect against vandalism
Metra provides final approval of all projects and reserves the right to reject applications. All projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will require approval by the local elected official in each community.
To submit a proposal, please use this form.
For more information regarding Metra’s Community Enhancement Program, please contact Community Relations at 312.322.6753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are examples of completed community enhancement projects.