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Metra Adds New Afternoon Run on Heritage Corridor to Joliet

03/11/2016

Chicago Tribune

Starting Monday, Metra will add a new afternoon weekday run on the Heritage Corridor to Joliet, aimed at commuters who need to get home before the evening rush hour.

The new 2:45 p.m. train will make all stops to Joliet from Union Station, including Summit, Willow Springs, Lemont and Lockport. It will be the first new service run on the line since 1999. Adding the run required agreements with both Amtrak and Canadian National, which owns the tracks, said Metra spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile.

The Heritage Corridor, the least-used Metra line with 2,400 daily passenger trips, currently offers three trains out of Joliet for the morning rush hour and three from Union Station in the evening on weekdays.

The additional run will not be a round trip for passengers — it will make stops through Joliet and then "highball" — or run express — back downtown, with a crew but without other riders, Thomas-Reile said.

"If you've got Little League, or a doctor's appointment, you have an option of getting that service" before the evening trains, Thomas-Reile said.

Local officials had pushed for the line, including U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a senior member of the House Transportation Committee, and Lemont Mayor and Metra board member Brian Reaves.

"There is great demand along this line and it will continue to grow," Lipinski said in a statement.

Lipinski and Metra CEO Don Orseno will be among those taking the first ride on the afternoon train on Monday.


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