Metra Breaks Ground on First New Station Added to the “Heritage Corridor” Line in 30 years

May 16th ground breaking for the new Metra station in Romeoville. Photo Courtesy of the City of Romeoville

Romeoville – Last week, Metra broke ground in Romeoville, IL, as construction began on the first new stop added to Metra’s “Hertitage Corridor” line, since 1984.

The Heritage Corridor Line runs between Joliet and Chicago Union Station. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of this year, giving Romeoville residents a direct connection to downtown Chicago in time for the holiday season.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak, U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno officially broke ground May 16th, at the intersection of 135th Street and New Avenue.

“Getting a Metra stop has been a village goal for a long time, so we’re very excited to break ground today,” Noak said. “Having another transportation link to the city will be a great benefit for residents as well as businesses.”

The project is estimated to cost $4.9 million, with more than $3.9 million of the funding coming through CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Grant program.

The village of Romeoville was also fortunate to receive a supplemental grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) for pedestrian access from 135th Street to the station.

“Once completed, this new station will mean more people in Romeoville and the surrounding area will be able to spend less of their valuable time each day driving on congested roads or traveling to less convenient Metra stations,”  Lipinski said.