Local leaders ask Metra for additional Heritage Corridor trains
Metra is the commuter rail division of the Regional Transportation Authority of the Chicago metropolitan area. (Chicago Tribune Illustration)
The Heritage Corridor line runs between Joliet and Chicago’s Union Station, with stops in Summit, Willow Springs, Lemont and Lockport. The Heritage Corridor line has just three round-trip trains per day, the least service of Metra’s 11 lines.
Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves and Romeoville Mayor John Noak plan to deliver a letter calling for the additional service to Metra’s board of directors at its meeting Friday morning.
“The bottom line is that the current level of service of just three round-trip trains per day on the Heritage Corridor isn’t nearly enough,” Lipinski said in a statement. “Will County’s population has surged by 175,000 in the last decade, and Cook County communities along the line have also grown. But Heritage Corridor service has not kept pace. That’s why … we are all speaking with one voice to urge Metra to add one inbound and one outbound rush hour train as a first step toward expanding service.”
Lipinski said he believes the trains can be added without needing to make costly infrastructure upgrades.
With the addition of a new Romeoville station next year, adding more trains to the Heritage Corridor is a top priority for the village, Romeoville Mayor John Noak said.
“Our population has almost doubled in the last decade, and with growth continuing in the area, we need to give residents more options for getting to work,” Noak said in a statement.
“Lemont residents have been clamoring for more service on the Heritage Corridor,” Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said. “This is something that is truly needed and I strongly encourage Metra to give full attention and consideration to this request.”