Lipinski Announces On-Time Performance Boost for Metra’s Heritage Corridor Service
March 12, 2012 (Willow Springs) – Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced that the Heritage Corridor line went from Metra’s worst on-time performer in December to its best in February following a meeting he arranged between Metra and CN. Lipinski praised the on-time performance over the past two months and urged Metra and CN to continue working together to provide reliable service. The congressman has been working to improve and expand service on the Heritage Corridor.
“Following significant problems in December, I asked Metra and CN to sit down and figure out how to prevent delays on the Heritage Corridor,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Since the meeting we’ve seen 95 percent of trains on the line arrive on-time in January and 99 percent in February. This line doesn’t have to lag behind the rest of Metra’s system, as it has in the past. I thank CN and Metra for their efforts to improve on-time performance and I look forward to continuing to work with them to provide the service that Heritage Corridor riders deserve. This must not be just a short term improvement. Metra and CN must make sure it continues.”
“All of us at Metra have been working very hard to make sure Heritage Corridor riders get great service and on-time performance, and we are committed to making sure this is a long-term trend,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Alex Clifford. “We’d like to thank CN for their cooperation. Metra also is grateful to Rep. Lipinski – and I’m sure our riders are grateful to Rep. Lipinski – for his help in this area.”
“CN and Metra have a longstanding collaborative relationship, and CN has long recognized the importance of the service provided by Metra to commuters in the Chicago region on CN’s lines, including the Heritage Corridor,” said Jim Vena, CN’s Senior Vice President – Southern Region. “We value our partnership with Metra and look forward to a continued positive working relationship to ensure safe and timely service for Metra passengers as well as safe and efficient freight operations. And we thank Congressman Lipinski for his long-standing efforts to improve Illinois’ transportation network for all users.”