JOLIET – The city will open the new Metra Heritage Corridor platform Monday, the latest development in Joliet’s new transit center.
The temporary platforms now in use will be blocked off, so commuters no longer will be able to access trains from that area, said Lisa Dorothy, the city’s project engineer for the new transit center.
“Nobody has any reason to use that old temporary platform starting Monday,” Dorothy said. “What we really want to stress is the platform is elevated. You don’t ever walk across train tracks anymore to get the train.”
Access to the platform will be through two new pedestrian tunnels, one of which is in the new train station yet to be completed.
Commuters will have access to the south tunnel entrance in the portico section of the train station. But the rest of the station will be blocked off.
“We are still doing all of our finishing work,” Dorothy said, estimating that the entire station should open by early April.
The new station is located on Mayor Art Schultz Drive between Washington and Jefferson streets.
A north tunnel entrance to the platform is located on Mayor Art Schultz Drive between Van Buren and Clinton streets. Both tunnels have stairs and elevator access to the platform.
“When you exit the stairs or elevator, you will be on the platform,” Dorothy said.
The temporary Metra and Amtrak trailers will remain open for ticket sales. Ticket counters eventually will be moved into the new station.
The new Heritage Corridor platform and access will have no effect on users of the Metra Rock Island line, which has a separate platform on separate tracks.
Mayor Art Schultz Drive between Van Buren and Clinton streets has been reopened to vehicle traffic, according to a city news release. The city advises people using Mayor Art Schultz Drive as a drop-off or pickup point to use designated parking and not block the street.
The parking lot at the corner of Mayor Art Schultz Drive and Jefferson Street is not yet available for public use. Portions of the lot, sidewalks and street remain fenced off as part of the construction zone. For information, call the Joliet Department of Public Works at 815-724-4200.