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
Lockport (5th Street)
32.9 Lockport
RI to LaSalle Street
37.2 Joliet Amtrak
Lincoln Service
to St. Louis
Texas Eagle
to Los Angeles
You may be looking for National Heritage Corridor.

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). Compared to the Rock Island District, the Heritage Corridor takes less than 1 hour to reach Joliet.

The Heritage Corridor has the lowest ridership of any Metra line, serving only 2,700 passengers on an average weekday. This is possibly due to the extremely low number of trains and the remote suburbs it runs through. In some areas, notably Lockport and Summit, Pace buses provide midday and weekend service to Chicago and daily Metra stations.


The line runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through southwestern suburbs to Joliet, Illinois. In April 2013 the public timetable shows three Chicago to Joliet trains each weekday.

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]



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