Heritage Corridor

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Heritage Corridor
Type Commuter Rail
System Metra
Termini Chicago
Stations 6
Daily ridership 2,700 (Avg. Weekday 2009)[1]
Owner Metra, Canadian National
Operator(s) Metra
Line length 37.3 mi (60.0 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Route map
Dist[2] Station
NCS to Antioch
MD-W to Big Timber Road
MD-N to Fox Lake
0.0 Union Station Amtrak
Blue Line
BNSF to Aurora
Chicago River
SWS to Manhattan
Orange Line
to Loop
Orange Line
to Midway
11.9 Summit Amtrak
17.5 Willow Springs
Calumet Sag Channel
25.3 Lemont
29.8 Romeoville (planned)
31.7 Lockport (5th Street)
32.9 Lockport
RI to LaSalle Street
37.2 Joliet Amtrak
Lincoln Service
to St. Louis
Texas Eagle
to Los Angeles

The Heritage Corridor Line (HC) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. Metra does not refer to its lines by colors, but the timetable accents for the Heritage Corridor line are "Alton Maroon". (The Alton Railroad once ran trains on this route.)[3] The name Heritage Corridor refers to the Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor. Established in 1984, it runs parallel to the line.[4]

The Heritage Corridor runs during weekday rush hours only in the peak direction (to Chicago in AM rush, to Joliet in PM rush). The Heritage Corridor Line takes less than 1 hour to reach Joliet, significantly faster than the Rock Island District Line which also serves Joliet.

A fourth outbound train was added on March 14, 2016. Now, 8 trains run on the Heritage Corridor, 3 of them inbound, 4 outbound, and one running as a deadhead (it picks up no passengers). All trains run through to (and start at) Joliet.


The line runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through southwestern suburbs to Joliet, Illinois. In March 2016, the public timetable shows four Chicago to Joliet trains each weekday. An additional train runs inbound during the afternoon rush hour but as an empty equipment move or deadhead.

Amtrak's Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service use these tracks from Union Station to Joliet. The Texas Eagle only stops at Chicago and Joliet, while the Lincoln Service also stops at Summit.

Plans for a new station on the Heritage Corridor to be located in Romeoville have been announced. The station and accompanying parking would be on property of the Citgo oil refinery between Lemont and Lockport.[5][6][7] The line may also be extended to Braidwood.


Zone Station Municipality County Notes
A Union Station Chicago Cook Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North, Milwaukee District/West, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, and SouthWest Service
Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service
Metro interchange CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Line Express (at Quincy)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Bus interchange Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express
Intercity bus service Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)

C Summit Summit Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: Lincoln Service
Bus interchange Pace buses: 307 Harlem

D Willow Springs Willow Springs Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 831 Joliet/Midway

E Lemont Lemont
Romeoville Romeoville Will Construction scheduled to begin late spring 2017
G Lockport Lockport Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 834 Joliet/Downers Grove

H Joliet Joliet Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Rock Island District
Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle
Bus interchange Pace buses: 501 West Jefferson, 504 South Joliet, 505 West Joliet Loop, 507 Plainfield, 508 East Joliet, 509 Forest Park, 511 Joliet–Elwood–Deer Run, 832 Joliet – Orland Square, and 834 Joliet – Downers Grove



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