(WGN-AM)- More than a year behind schedule, Metra broke ground Monday on a new station at 35th Street on the Rock Island District Line to serve White Sox fans and college students while giving neighborhood residents another mass-transit option.

The station, at 35th and Federal Streets, is expected to open in the fall of 2010, at least a full year later than what Metra officials said when they announced the project in 2008.

The station is near U.S. Cellular Field, the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, the Bronzeville neighborhood, a new technology park and the De La Salle Institute.

It helps create a more transit-rich environment in an area already served by the CTA's Red and Green Lines, offering a convenient link between CTA and Metra service on the South Side.

The station is being paid for with $4.9 million in federal grants and $6.8 million from federal stimulus funding.

It is named the Lovana S. "Lou" Jones/Bronzeville Station, after the longtime assistant Illinois House majority leader who represented the area for almost 20 years. Jones died in 2006.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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