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1/27/2010



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Metra needs to offer more weekday service on Heritage Corridor, Rep. Lipinski says


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Last week, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) called on Metra to add more weekday commuter-rail service on the Heritage Corridor line, which currently provides three weekday round trips between Joliet and Chicago’s Union Station.

Metra needs to coordinate with CN, which owns the line’s right of way, to offer more trains, Lipinski believes.

“Three round-trip trains per weekday are simply not enough to meet the current and future needs of residents along this corridor,” he said in a prepared statement.
 
Lipinski previously worked with Metra, Norfolk Southern Railway and local municipalities to reach an agreement that “brought long-awaited weekend Metra service to the Southwest Service line,” he said.
 
“The lack of trains on the Heritage Corridor means there’s a huge gap in Metra service in the area between the Southwest Service and BNSF Railway lines,” Lipinski said. “The result is that many [commuters] … waste time driving to distant Metra stations on other lines, or settle for another, less-convenient public transportation option.”