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Metra to add service to two lines in Will County

Heritage Corridor, SouthWest Service lines to see more trains

A commuter prepares to board the train bound for Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the Joliet Metra Station in Joliet, Ill.
A commuter prepares to board the train bound for Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the Joliet Metra Station in Joliet, Ill.

Metra announced it would add trains to multiple lines, including two which travel through Will County, starting next week.

Effective Monday, June 29, Metra will add service to the Heritage Corridor, SouthWest Service and North Central Service lines, according to a news release.

The expanded service includes new morning and evening express trains on the SouthWest Service line, the first time express service has been available on that line.

As more residents in the Chicago region go back to work, Metra leadership said it is enhancing its service after seeing a significant decline due to Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order.

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted service across the Metra system, we’ve used this time as an opportunity to reevaluate our service,” Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski said in the release.

The SouthWest Service line's weekday schedule will include three additional inbound and outbound trains. That line has a stop in Manhattan.

Metra will also add a 7:05 a.m. inbound train from Joliet to Chicago on the Heritage Corridor line. There will also be an added 4:50 p.m. train departing from Chicago.

The Heritage Corridor line also has stops in Lockport and Romeoville.

Due to its plummeting ridership because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Metra instituted alternative schedules for its many lines traveling from the suburbs into Chicago.

Customers can find more information on Metra's alternative schedules starting on Monday at metrarail.com.

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