In international relations, aid (also known as international aid, overseas aid, foreign aid or foreign assistance) is – from the perspective of governments – a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another.
Aid may serve one or more functions: it may be given as a signal of diplomatic approval, or to strengthen a military ally, to reward a government for behaviour desired by the donor, to extend the donor's cultural influence, to provide infrastructure needed by the donor for resource extraction from the recipient country, or to gain other kinds of commercial access. Humanitarian and altruistic purposes are at least partly responsible for the giving of aid.
Aid may be given by individuals, private organizations, or governments. Standards delimiting exactly the types of transfers considered "aid" vary from country to country. For example, the United States government discontinued the reporting of military aid as part of its foreign aid figures in 1958. The most widely used measure of aid is "Official Development Assistance" (ODA).
Harvard is a station on Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest Line located in Harvard, Illinois. The station is the terminus of the Northwest Line. It is the only Metra station located in the M zone, and is the farthest Metra station from Chicago at 62.8 miles (101.1km). The station contains a parking lot operated by the City of Harvard. A coach yard is adjacent to the station and is used to store trains during weekends and overnight hours. Trains that travel to Chicago pass through an entire fare zone to reach Woodstock, although there is no intermediate stop as no stations are located in zone L.
Being Chicago's most northwesterly commuter rail station, the Harvard station attracts commuters from the Rockford and Belvidere region of northern Illinois as well as South-Central Wisconsin.
Harvard was a station on the Englewood Branch of the Chicago 'L' and was the northern terminus of the Normal Park Branch. The station opened on November 3, 1906 and closed on February 9, 1992. and demolished during the Green Line project of 1994–1996. The CTA considered constructing a new station at Harvard after they demolished the old station and a new park-n-ride lot that would have connected to the 63rd station on the Dan Ryan branch, Unfortunately, there was no money available at the time and as a result, the CTA did not build the new station or the park-n-ride lot.