Cool addition: For the first time since it was built in the 1980s, the Prairie Avenue train station in Brookfield will have an air-conditioned lobby this summer.BOB UPHUES/Staff

Those who use the train station at Prairie Avenue in Brookfield can look forward to a cooler commute this summer. Instead of sweltering outside of the station while waiting for trains to pull in, commuters for the first time can relax inside the station, in air-conditioned comfort.

Thanks in part to a grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit district and a contribution from the village of Brookfield, a new heating and air-conditioning system will be installed at the station, which was built in the 1980s.

“The work could start at any time,” said Village Manager Riccardo Ginex. “As soon as I hear from Metra, I’ll start working on it.”

Metra’s approval of the project is expected to be a formality.

The suburban mass transit district is allowing Brookfield to use about $4,200 it has left over from a previous grant to install new glass doors at the station. The eight doors haven’t been replaced yet but are expected to be installed soon. In the spring, Ginex also expects concrete repairs at several areas near the station.

In January, the transit district approved allowing the village to use the excess funds for a new furnace and an air-conditioning system for the lobby. The building has never had an air cooling system.

Workers will install a 5-ton air-conditioning system and a 30-kilowatt electric furnace. The work will also include improvements to the electrical system and installation of ductwork for the air conditioning.

In all, the project is expected to cost about $6,300. The village will kick in a little over $2,100 for its share of the work.

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