Amtrak Moves to Makeshift Station in Joliet

Joliet Union Station still stands, but it is no longer used as a train station by Amtrak of Metra. Passengers now use new platforms and a temporary station located east of the tracks.

The station, which includes an Amtrak ticket office, is located on the northwest corner of East Jefferson Street and Mayor Art Schulz Drive (formerly North Michigan Street).

The temporary facility, which is expected to be used until a permanent station, the Joliet Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center, is completed in late 2016.

The temporary Amtrak facility is about situated two blocks northeast of the 102-year-old Joliet Union Station, directly across from Silver Cross Field.

Metra agreed to move in order to avoid disruption of freight service on BNSF and Union Pacific freight lines caused by cross traffic on Metra’s Rock Island District.

The closure of Union Station was effective at 10 a.m. last Friday. The last Metra trains to use the Union Station platform were Chicago-bound No. 508, which departed at 9:21 a.m., and Joliet-bound No. 505, which was scheduled to arrived at 9:53 a.m.

The first trains to use the new platform, located east of the crossing on the north side of the tracks, were the outbound No. 510 at 10:21 a.m. and inbound No. 507 at 10:53 a.m. Also affected are Metra’s Heritage Corridor trains and Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle.

Friday morning’s St. Louis to Chicago Lincoln Service train No. 300 used the Union Station platform while Chicago to St. Louis No. 303 used the new platform. Once construction is complete, Amtrak will move to the new When opened in October 1912, Joliet Union Station served the Santa Fe, Rock Island, Chicago & Alton, and Michigan Central.

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