|Daily ridership||2,400 (Avg. Weekday 2016)|
|Operator(s)||Metra, Canadian National|
|Line length||37.3 mi (60.0 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Heritage Corridor (HC) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and its southwestern suburbs, terminating in Joliet. While Metra does not refer to its lines by colors, the Heritage Corridor appears on Metra timetables as "Alton Maroon," after the Alton Railroad, which ran trains on this route. The name Heritage Corridor refers to the Illinois and Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor. Established in 1984, it runs parallel to the line.
Unlike other Metra lines, the Heritage Corridor runs during weekday rush hours only in the peak direction–to Chicago in the morning and Joilet in the afternoon. 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 14, 2016. Now seven trains run on the Heritage Corridor, three of them inbound, four outbound. All trains run through to (and start at) Joliet.
The line runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through southwestern suburbs to Joliet. 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. The Joliet Transportation Center replaced the Joliet Union Station on April 11, 2018.
On May 16, 2017, Metra announced that the new station for Romeoville had officially broken ground near the intersection of 135th St and New Avenue. The cost of the new station is estimated to be around $4.9 million. The station was opened to the public on February 5, 2018.
There are proposals to add more intermediate stations on the line at Bridgeport, Brighton Park, and Justice, as well as an extension to Braidwood, Illinois with stations at Elwood and Wilmington.
Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service
Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North, Milwaukee District / West, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, and SouthWest Service
CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, and Purple Line (at Quincy)
CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)
|N/A||Halsted Street||Chicago||Cook||Closed 1984|
|Brighton Park||Closed 1984|
|Glenn||Central Stickney||Closed 1984|
Amtrak trains: Lincoln Service
Pace buses: 307 Harlem
|D||Willow Springs||Willow Springs|
|F||Romeoville||Romeoville||Will||Opened on February 5, 2018|
|N/A||5th Street||Lockport||Will||Closed 1988|
Pace buses: 834 Joliet/Downers Grove
Metra trains: Rock Island District
Amtrak trains: Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle
Pace buses: 501 West Jefferson, 504 South Joliet, 505 West Joliet Loop, 507 Plainfield, 508 East Joliet, 509 Joliet – Fairmont, 511 Joliet–Elwood–CenterPoint, 832 Joliet – Orland Square, 834 Joliet – Downers Grove
Since 2014 annual ridership has remained steady at roughly 730,000.
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- Ridership Trends - Annual Report 2017 (PDF) (Report). Metra Division of Strategic Capital Planning. February 2018. p. 32. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
- "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
- Heritage Corridor service schedule