Tran-Systems will be leading an alternative analysis study.
The goal is to find cost-effective means of transportation to get from Chicago to the Stateline.
The Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative (NICTI) says they study is one more step towards getting Metra here.
The study will cost 3 million dollars to conduct.
The federal government will pick up the bulk of the tab. Tran-systems hopes to have it completed by the end of next year.