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RTA logo Joliet Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study

Study Description

This study examined the feasibility of creating a new intermodal transportation center in the City Center, adjacent to the existing Union Station. The study also provided recommendations to create intermodal connectivity, improve public transportation and passenger efficiencies and identify potential opportunities for adaptive reuse of the existing Union Station.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2009
Project Type(s):Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:City of Joliet
Current Activities:The Joliet Gateway Center transportation campus is a $43.4 million project that includes the construction of new commuter parking and kiss-and-ride facilities (completed in 2013), construction of a new bus facility, construction of a new train station, and the relocation of train passenger platforms.  The project is funded through a $32 million grant from the State of Illinois, $7.5 million in funding from the City of Joliet, $2.2 million from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and $1.7 million from PACE.  The Gateway Center project demonstrates the continued partnership of the State, City and County, the RTA, Metra, PACE, Amtrak, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad, and Union Pacific Railroad.

The new Rock Island train passenger platform and temporary Heritage Corridor platform both opened in 2014, in addition to the New Street Pedestrian tunnel. The UP and BNSF are working on the rail viaduct including bridge reconstruction, rail realignment, interlocker rebuild and new signals. The City's contractors will also be coordinating work on the new tunnels to coincide with the work that will be done by the railroads to take advantage of pre-scheduled train service outages. The new train station including new platforms opened in April 2018.

A new 10 story ($195 Million) County Courthouse at southwest corner of Ottawa and Jefferson Streets in downtown Joliet is under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
Information Updated:October 2018
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Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:Joliet (RI-Main, Heritage) accessible
Pace Bus Routes:501 West Jefferson accessible
504 South Joliet accessible
505 West Joliet Loop accessible
507 Plainfield accessible
511 Joliet-Elwood-Centerpoint accessible
834 Joliet-Downers Grove accessible
Related Jurisdictions
US Congressional Districts:11 Bill Foster
Illinois Senate Districts:43 Pat McGuire
Illinois House Districts:86 Lawrence Walsh, Jr.
County Board Districts:Will 8
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Will
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