Updated: March 19, 2014 6:19AM
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, long a proponent of having Metra expand service on the Heritage Corridor line that serves several Southland towns, has written a letter to new Metra executive director and CEO Don Orseno and asked him to address the issue, according to a press release from Lipinski’s office.
Metra has operated three round-trip trains per day on the Heritage Corridor line since 1999, the release said. But between 2000 and 2010, Lockport grew by 12 percent, Lemont by 22 percent and Summit by 4 percent, among Southland towns that have stops along the line. Ridership on the line overall has grown by 25 percent, the release said.
“For these reasons, I urge you to provide additional service on the line and work with me on behalf of the residents of northeast Will County and southwest Cook County to make it a reality,” Lipinski said in his letter to Orseno, who was appointed CEO in January after serving as interim boss since August. “Given your career railroad experience, I am hopeful that you will move Metra forward in a positive direction and that we can work together to ensure reliable and adequate Metra service for all the residents of the region.”
Lipinski is Illinois’ senior member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Public Transportation Caucus.
Lipinski also asked that Orseno address delays on Metra’s BNSF line, which has 47 round-trip trains per day from Aurora to downtown Chicago.