Lipinski continues push for more Metra service for Heritage Corridor Line
March 22, 2013 12:48PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:37AM
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) is stepping up his efforts to get expanded service for Metra riders on the Heritage Corridor Line.
Lipinski said in a news release he is considering legislation that would give Metra “more power” to force Canadian National Railway, which owns the tracks, to accommodate more commuter trains.
The Heritage Corridor Line runs between Joliet and Chicago’s Union Station. Its stops include Lockport, Lemont, Willow Springs and Summit, and there are plans for a new Romeoville station. There are three inbound morning trains and three outbound in the evening.
Lipinski met recently with Metra officials and lawyers from the Surface Transportation Board to discuss options for putting more pressure on CN, the release said. Lipinski requested that CN CEO Claude Mongeau attend the meeting, but CN said no one was available, according to Lipinski.
Metra’s other routes offer between 22 and 170 trains a day, Lipinski said. Ridership on the Heritage Corridor Line jumped to 682,819 riders last year from 567,342 just 10 years earlier, according to Lipinski, who said he is only asking for two additional trains, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Meanwhile, Metra is considering its options, Lipinski said. There is precedent for commuter rail lines to bring disputes with freight railroads to the Surface Transportation Board to work out solutions to improve options for commuters, according to Lipinski’s office.