Lipinski Announces Big Improvement in Performance on Heritage Corridor Following Early January Meeting Between Metra and CN
Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced that the Heritage Corridor line went from Metra’s worst on-time performer in December to its best in February following a meeting he arranged between Metra and CN. Lipinski praised the on-time performance over the past two months and urged Metra and CN to continue working together to provide reliable service. The congressman has been working to improve and expand service on the Heritage Corridor.
"Following significant problems in December, I asked Metra and CN to sit down and figure out how to prevent delays on the Heritage Corridor," Rep. Lipinski said. "Since the meeting we’ve seen 95 percent of trains on the line arrive on-time in January and 99 percent in February. This line doesn’t have to lag behind the rest of Metra’s system, as it has in the past. I thank CN and Metra for their efforts to improve on-time performance and I look forward to continuing to work with them to provide the service that Heritage Corridor riders deserve. This must not be just a short term improvement. Metra and CN must make sure it continues."
"All of us at Metra have been working very hard to make sure Heritage Corridor riders get great service and on-time performance, and we are committed to making sure this is a long-term trend," said Metra Executive Director/CEO Alex Clifford. "We’d like to thank CN for their cooperation. Metra also is grateful to Rep. Lipinski – and I’m sure our riders are grateful to Rep. Lipinski – for his help in this area."
"CN and Metra have a longstanding collaborative relationship, and CN has long recognized the importance of the service provided by Metra to commuters in the Chicago region on CN's lines, including the Heritage Corridor," said Jim Vena, CN’s Senior Vice President – Southern Region. "We value our partnership with Metra and look forward to a continued positive working relationship to ensure safe and timely service for Metra passengers as well as safe and efficient freight operations. And we thank Congressman Lipinski for his long-standing efforts to improve Illinois’ transportation network for all users."
In accordance with the industry standard, Metra counts as late any train that arrives more than six minutes past schedule. The Heritage Corridor line runs between Joliet and Chicago’s Union Station, with stops in Summit, Willow Springs, Lemont, and Lockport. While its 75 percent on-time rate was Metra’s worst in December, its 99 percent rate was its best in February.
"We certainly welcome every improvement on the Heritage Corridor line," Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said. "Improving the on-time performance is another step in the right direction. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Lipinski, Metra, and CN to expand on-time, reliable service on the Heritage Corridor."
Congressman Lipinski has worked successfully with Metra to improve service in the past, having helped to add and maintain weekend trains on the Southwest Service line, whose stops include Ashburn, Wrightwood, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Worth, Palos Heights, Palos Park, and Orland Park.
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