Union Station Today
years of neglect and decay, the station building was restored between 1989-1991.
Today, the City of Joliet owns two-thirds of the facility and Metra (Chicago's
commuter rail system) owns the other third.
Michigan Central line was abandoned in the early 1970s. East of Joliet, the right-of-way
is a biking and hiking path called the Old
Plank Road Trail.
1 and 2 on the east side belong to BNSF while tracks 3 and 4 are used by
Union Pacific and Canadian National. Metra's Heritage
trains and all Amtrak trains use tracks 3 and 4.
to mergers, trackage rights and nearby intermodal and transloading facilities,
freight trains from BNSF, CN, and Union Pacific can be seen
on the east side throughout the day. Typical of today's operations, power from
CSX, Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern
can also be seen.
single remaining track on the south side is used by Metra's Rock Island District
trains, as well as CSX freight trains to Ottawa, Illinois and Iowa Interstate
freight trains to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
2011, Metra replaced the crumbling platform between tracks one and two
on the BNSF-side of the station. At the same time they surrounded the platform
with chain link fence which provides a measure of safety for passengers using