JOLIET, Ill. — State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting the formal opening of the final phase of the Joliet Gateway Center. The project, funded by a combination of federal, state and local contributions, is a product of collaborative efforts among all levels of government.
“As one of the leaders representing the City of Joliet and Will County, it was a privilege to lead my colleagues in our efforts to bring home dollars to a county whose infrastructure needs are quickly growing,” said Manley. “Reliable, accessible transportation is essential for economic growth and job opportunities for the residents of Will County and the surrounding areas. The Joliet Gateway Center is an integral part of our community’s infrastructure and will undoubtedly benefit the area for years to come.”
The Joliet Gateway Center opened in 2018 as Joliet’s first rail station project in decades. The facility features improvements in parking and vehicle and pedestrian access, as well as new loading areas for buses, public restrooms and sidewalks that are accessible to passengers with disabilities. The facility also has a station house and passenger islands with canopies and shelters to maximize rider safety.
“Safety is clearly a priority as our region continues to grow and develop. The facility’s design and transportation options address this need by offering safe, easy ways for residents to travel,” Manley said. “This project is proof that when all levels of government work together, we can achieve the infrastructure improvements and subsequent economic growth our community deserves. I thank my colleagues for their hard work and cooperation, which made this project possible.”