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Metra Commuter Rail Adds Service on Heritage Corridor

Metra commuter rail in Chicago joined CN Railway representatives and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, March 14 to mark the inaugural run of a new mid-afternoon departure from Chicago Union Station to Joliet.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce this new service for our Heritage Corridor customers,” said Metra Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno. “This afternoon train provides another option to leave work early to better meet after-school activities, family and social obligations. I want to thank all our partners who helped bring this about, including Congressman Lipinski, CN and Amtrak.”

The new 2:45 p.m. service from Union Station expands weekday service on the line from six to seven trains (three inbound morning trains and four outbound afternoon/evening trains). It is the result of years of effort by Metra, Lipinski and other elected officials along the route to add service to the Heritage Corridor. The added train required agreements from CN, which owns the tracks and operates freight service on the line, as well as Amtrak, the owner of Union Station.
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