IDOT Funding Study for More Trains on Heritage Corridor Line
April 4, 2011
By Brian Stanley
Plans to expand commuter service on the Heritage Corridor rail line are picking up speed.
Local mayors and representatives joined U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski on Monday to announce the Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to fund a capacity study — the first step in allowing Metra and Amtrak to run more trains.
Currently, Metra runs three morning trains and three evening trains weekdays between Joliet and Chicago’s Union Station with stops in Lockport, Lemont, Willow Springs and Summit.
“Three trains is clearly not enough. We need more,” Lipinski said.
But it isn’t as easy as just adding more trains to the schedule. The tracks, which are owned by Candian National, are also used by freight trains and cross with other lines they use.
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