Heritage Corridor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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). 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.

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]



External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google