|Daily ridership||2,700 (Avg. Weekday 2009)|
|Owner||Metra, Canadian National|
|Line length||37.3 mi (60.0 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
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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.) The name Heritage Corridor refers to the Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor. Established in 1984, it runs parallel to the line.
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 14th, 2016. Presently, 8 trains run on the Heritage Corridor, 3 of them inbound, 4 outbound, and one running as a deadhead (meaning it doesn't pick up passengers). All trains run through to 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.
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.
- "Ridership Reports - System Facts". Metra. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- Metra Railfan Tips - Heritage Corridor
- "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009.
- Baty (2004), 237-238.
- Wronski, Richard (December 7, 2009). "Metra on track to rehab and rebuild dozens of stations". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- Heritage Corridor service schedule