Joliet Transportation Center

The Joliet Transportation Center is a multimodal mass transit center linking passenger bus routes, two Metra commuter trains, and Amtrak passenger trains in the city of Joliet, Illinois. It has replaced Joliet Union Station as the commuter and passenger train station serving Joliet. Union Station ceased to provide train service in September 2014,[3] and groundbreaking for the new station took place late in 2016, with construction beginning shortly afterward.[4] After several delays, the station officially opened to Amtrak and Metra traffic on April 11, 2018.[5][6] Joliet is 37.2 miles (59.9 km) from Chicago Union Station, the northern terminus of the Heritage Corridor and Amtrak services; and 40.0 miles (64.4 km) from LaSalle Street, the northern terminus of the Rock Island District. It is the only Metra station outside of its Chicago stations where two lines terminate. In Metra's zone-based fare system, Joliet is in zone H on both lines.

Joliet, IL
Amtrak and Metra station
Joliet station.jpg
Joliet's Rock Island District platform in May 2016.
General information
Location90 East Jefferson Street
Joliet, Illinois
United States
Coordinates41°31′28″N 88°04′44″W / 41.52444°N 88.07889°W / 41.52444; -88.07889Coordinates: 41°31′28″N 88°04′44″W / 41.52444°N 88.07889°W / 41.52444; -88.07889
Line(s)Union Pacific Joliet Subdivision
Platforms1 island platform (Amtrak/Heritage Corridor)
1 side platform (Rock Island District)
Tracks2 (Amtrak/Heritage Corridor)
1 (Rock Island District)
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: JOL
Fare zoneH (Metra)
Opened2014 (temporary structure)
2018 (full structure)
FY 202128,348 annually[1] (Amtrak)
2018996 (average weekday)[2]Increase 1.9% (Metra)
Rank51 out of 236 (Metra)[2]
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward St. Louis
Lincoln Service Summit
toward Chicago
Pontiac Texas Eagle Chicago
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Terminus Heritage Corridor Lockport
Rock Island New Lenox

As of 2018, Joliet is the 51st busiest of Metra's 236 non-downtown stations, with an average of 996 weekday boardings.[2]

As of 2022, on Metra's Rock Island Line, Joliet is served by 21 trains in each direction on weekdays, by 10 inbound trains and 11 outbound trains on Saturdays, and by eight trains in each direction on Sundays.

On Metra's Heritage Corridor, Joliet is served by three inbound trains in the morning and three outbound trains in the evening on weekdays only.

As of 2022, Amtrak hopes, in the future, to reroute its trains serving Joliet from the CN trackage currently used by both Amtrak and Metra Heritage Corridor trains to travel between Chicago Union Station and Joliet to instead travel along the trackage used by the Metra Rock Island District as part of a number of large-budget projects to improve its operations in the Chicago-area. If this occurs, Amtrak intends to construct a new platform at the Joliet Transportation Center designed to serve Amtrak trains traveling into and out of Chicago on Rock Island District trackage.[7]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2021: State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. August 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Commuter Rail System Station Boarding/Alighting Count: Summary Results Fall 2018" (PDF). Metra. April 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ Wimbiscus, Bill. "Final train departs Union Station". The Herald-News. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Okon, Bob (8 October 2016). "Yes, Joliet, a train station is being built". The Herald-News. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  5. ^ Okon, Bob (26 October 2017). "Train station exterior nearly done; opening slated for early 2018". The Herald-News. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ Fabbre, Alicia (April 11, 2018). "New train station opens for commuters in Joliet, ending a six-year wait". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Johnston, Bob (June 10, 2022). "Amtrak unveils infrastructure plan to transform Chicago operations". Trains. Retrieved 15 June 2022.

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