Riverside got some bad news — again — in late January when officials learned that the Illinois Department of Transportation had turned down the village’s request for $1 million to help repair the aging clay tile roof over at the historic train station.
It’s the fourth or fifth time Riverside’s been turned down for grants for the repairs, although it did win some grant money from the West Suburban Mass Transit District to tuckpoint the historic station and the pavilion on the north side of the tracks.
Riverside can’t quit trying, however. IDOT has funded major repairs to historic train stations in the past and is sure to again. We can’t believe that Riverside’s station, built in 1901, wouldn’t be a priority for state grant providers.
Hey IDOT, the village can’t really swing a $1 million roof job for the station. While the village is technically on the hook for station maintenance, it’s also a matter of public safety that the state, railroad and the commuter rail provider should all be keen to address.
We urge IDOT to strongly consider Riverside’s plea for grant funding in the coming couple of years. It’s time to fix the roof of this century-old station, and Riverside should not be left footing the whole bill.