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.

My Metra logo


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.

Program Activities

Art Projects

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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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

Below are  examples of completed community enhancement projects.


Deerpath Garden Club, Lake Forest Station on the Milwaukee North


Clock donated by the Hinsdale Rotary Club at the Hinsdale Station on the BNSF


Star Movement, Edgebrook underpass on the Milwaukee North


Landscaping at Olympia Fields Station on the Metra Electric


Chicago Public Art Group Title: “Woodlawn Works”
Core Artists: Rahmaan Barnes, Damon Lamar Reed, Max Sansing and Bernard Williams
67th Street and Dorchester Avenue on the Metra Electric


Community Enhancement Program Form

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