The Village of Downers Grove has been named one of the region's Top Transit Communities by DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, Chicago. The institute advances the principles of effective land use, transportation and community planning. The team from DePaul considered 45 measurable factors to rank the best transit subrubs, based on the following:
- Station buildings and platforms
- Station grounds and parking
- Walkable downtown amenities close to the station
- Degree of community connectivity to public transportation, as measured by the use of commuter rail services.