Metra to Expand Heritage Corridor Service
Metra will be adding an additional midafternoon outbound train on the Heritage Corridor beginning March 14, giving commuters a new option for getting home each weekday, according to a news release from the public transit agency.
The new 2:45 p.m. train will depart from Chicago Union Station, making stops in Summit, Willow Springs, Lemont and Lockport before reaching its final destination in Joliet at 3:50 p.m. on weekdays.
The addition expands weekday service on the Heritage Corridor line from six to seven trains – with three inbound morning and four outbound afternoon and evening trains, according to the news release.
Lockport Mayor Steven Streit said the request for more lines on the Heritage Corridor is “one of the more frequent calls” the city receives from residents.
“Every train that we add to that line is good news for us,” Streit said.
Metra plans to formally launch the service during a March 14 media event.
The new service required agreements from Canadian National, which owns the tracks and operates freight service on the line, as well as Amtrak, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs.
“I am pleased that Canadian National and Amtrak have found a way to allow the addition of this train,” Lipinski said in the release. “There is great demand along this line, and it will continue to grow. While this is a good first step, more certainly needs to be done to provide the service that the residents of southwestern Cook County and northeastern Will County deserve.”
The last time Metra expanded services along the Heritage Corridor line was in 1999, when it went from four to six trains – three morning inbound and three evening outbound, according to Bill Molony, president of the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
A year before that, the Illinois Central Railroad was purchased by the Canadian National Railroad, giving CN ownership of the Heritage Corridor’s route between Chicago and Jackson Street in Joliet. Union Pacific Railroad owns the tracks south of Jackson Street.
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