South Shore News

24 May 2017

South Shore begins summer promotions for rail travel

Commuters are the heart of its business, but the South Shore Line also likes to remind people that it offers more than rides to and from jobs in Chicago. "We're starting to increase our outreach to folks in South Bend and Chicago who want to spend some time in Northwest Indiana," said John Parsons, the railroad's vice president of planning and marketing. A free shuttle bus service between the South Shore's Miller station and the beaches in Gary's Miller section will begin on Saturday and continue on weekends through the summer. Also this summer, the railroad will promote Northwest Indiana as a camping destination for people from Chicago, and baseball fans can get half-price tickets to Gary South Shore RailCats home games.


22 May 2017



Effective Monday, May 15 and continuing thru June 2 NICTD plans to perform scheduled track maintenance between Gary Metro Center and East Chicago.  This work will require that we operate trains on a single track for the duration of the project.


19 May 2017

Holcomb signs bill to double track South Shore Line

A bill to help fund improvements to the South Shore Line is moving forward. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) visited Michigan City today to sign the bill. When the project is done, travel times from South Bend to Chicago will be a lot shorter The improvement project would double track the line from Michigan City to Gary. That's just 17 miles, but it'll make your trip from here South Bend to Chicago much shorter. Community leaders say you could be in downtown Chicago in just 90 minutes. "We're not just looking at Chicago. Chicago was looking at us right now, and I can tell you were on very good soil,” Holcomb said.

19 May 2017

Holcomb sees bright future for Northwest Indiana

MUNSTER — Gov. Eric Holcomb sees unlimited potential for business and residential growth in Northwest Indiana so long as leaders and communities continue working together. The Republican declared Thursday that no place in the state is as well positioned to attract the people and companies that are shaping the future, thanks to the Region's proximity to Chicago and its location in a state with low taxes and a low cost of living. "You're undoubtedly a powerhouse," Holcomb said. "I would love to bring 5 million Hoosiers up to the Region and show them the beaches, show them the scenery and show them how close to the world that their marketplace is."


17 May 2017

NICTD Fares to Increase on July 1, 2017

In May 2016 the NICTD Board approved an across-the-board 2.5% per year capital fare increase to take effect on July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.  Click here to view fares effective July 1, 2017 including July monthly fares.


10 May 2017

$1.6B transportation plan moves to full commission

PORTAGE — The biggest four-year transportation plan in Region history will be up for adoption next week by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The commission's planning committee approved it Tuesday. The 2018-21 Transportation Improvement Program lists about 650 potential projects with a total estimated cost of almost $1.6 billion, NIRPC Transportation Projects Manager Gary Evers told the Technical Planning Committee. "This is the biggest TIP we've ever done. This is the big kahuna," Evers said.


26 Apr 2017

Holcomb will sign funding for South Shore double-tracking project

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is eager to sign legislation funding the double-tracking of the South Shore Line between Gary and Michigan City. The Republican said Tuesday that he considers the $180 million Indiana will spend over the next 30 years to expand commuter rail service in the Region to be a vital investment in the state's future, as well as a top accomplishment of the 2017 General Assembly that adjourned Saturday. "This is not just about economic development, but equally importantly it's also about attracting talent from the nation's third biggest economy in Chicago and getting folks to move to this side of the border," Holcomb said.


10 Apr 2017

25 South Shore Line Excursions

The train that runs along the lakefront is not just for commuters. Of the 18 regular stops on the South Shore Line (NICTD) there are many destinations walking distance from the station. This series suggests trips worth the fare. Check out the link below for a slideshow of these excursions! To find out more how you can plan your SSL trip, click here


10 Mar 2017

How you can still receive SSL alerts via SMS text


Since the South Shore has discontinued the use of text messaging as a way to communicate information regarding service delays and other service announcements, we would like to offer a solution that will allow you to still receive these alerts in conjunction with your email. Find how by reading more:


01 Mar 2017

New Bikes on Train Brochure!

Bikes on Trains starts back up on April 1, 2017! Check out our new Bike Brochure here for updated schedules. Now you can bike to work! We added two (2) EB and two (2) WB bikes trains during rush hour! Make sure to check out the train times in the brochure or below!



24 Feb 2017

House approves South Shore development financing plan

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House overwhelmingly approved Thursday a first-of-its-kind plan for coordinated transit-oriented development near stations along the current and future routes of the South Shore Line.

House Bill 1144, which now goes to the Senate, puts the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority in charge of promoting and managing commercial and residential investment within Transit Development Districts, or TDD for short, centered on at least eight rail stops. State Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, the sponsor, said allowing the RDA to use increment financing to develop areas within a mile of the stations will ensure the Region and state get the biggest possible bang for their bucks spent to double-track the South Shore between Gary and Michigan City and extend the commuter rail line from Hammond to Dyer.


14 Feb 2017

Developers see South Shore extension as boon to area

MUNSTER — The developers who bought one of the town's last available multi-lot pieces of land believe they got a good deal on property that will only become more valuable. The 15 acres in the West Lake Estates neighborhood borders the CSX freight railroad — and, if things go according to plan, in five years the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor. As area residents get the chance at two public forums this week to voice their opinions on development around the West Lake Corridor's stations, the developers of the property in West Lake Estates see the train as a bonus.


07 Feb 2017

Chicago Auto Show

For those heading to the Chicago Auto Show, let the SSL be your ride! Normally, we serve McCormick Place station on weekends.  However, during the 2017 Chicago Auto Show we also stop select weekday trains at McCormick Place. Check out the below chart for more information on trains that will be stopping. 


06 Feb 2017

We love our riders ride FREE week!

We love our riders! To enhance ridership and attract new riders to the system, you can ride the South Shore Line for FREE* on all Westbound weekend and off-peak weekday trains from Sunday, February 12, thru Saturday, February 18, 2017. *Riders pay the applicable fare on their eastbound trip. 


03 Feb 2017

219 Day shuttles

The Region’s official holiday, 219 Day, is back.  On 2/18 Hammond, IN is throwing its 2nd annual party at the Hammond Civic Center to celebrate the special day named after Northwest Indiana’s area code. The South Shore Line will be providing a FREE shuttle bus from the Hammond station to the Hammond Civic Center (Compliments of the Hammond Port Authority) and back. The shuttle will run from 5pm-11:30pm. 


02 Feb 2017

South Shore 5-year plan calls for $1.1 billion in projects

CHESTERTON — The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's Board of Trustees recently approved a five-year capital plan surpassing $1.1 billion in investment in the South Shore Line.

The list includes the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI projects, the rerouting of the railroad's approach to the South Bend International Airport, purchase of new rail cars and completion of a federally mandated safety project. "The face of this railroad will look significantly different when this five-year period is done," said South Shore President and General Manager Michael Noland.


01 Feb 2017

Dyer council OK’s resolution approving West Lake Corridor project

DYER — In a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Town Council gave the green light to a resolution approving the West Lake commuter rail project with specific recommendations. Voting for that resolution were Debbie Astor, R-5th Ward; Jeff Dekker, R-2nd Ward, and Mary Tanis, R-4th Ward. Cathy J. Lareau, R-3rd Ward, voted against this version. Joe Cinko, D-1st Ward, was absent. One of three resolutions drawn up regarding the West Lake Corridor project for the special meeting, the approved 2017-06-A Resolution featured the South Shore’s preferred option to extend the railroad 9 miles south from a new Gateway station in Hammond to Main Street on the Munster-Dyer border.


01 Feb 2017

NICTD board approves 2017 business plan

The State of Indiana will subsidize the South Shore commuter line by around $16 million this year, according to the 2017 business plan adopted by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s Board of Trustees at its meeting Friday morning. Trustees voted unanimously to approve that plan.


26 Jan 2017

West Lake line development meetings set

The proposed West Lake Corridor could do more than expand the South Shore Line's commuter service. Planners believe it also would prompt new development – including housing, shopping and leisure -- around the four proposed rail stations on West Lake's route from Hammond to Dyer.


23 Jan 2017

Rail expansion will be boon to NWI

One of the most common arguments I hear against extending commuter rail service in Northwest Indiana is that if it hasn’t helped the northern tier communities along the existing route, so it won’t help those along the new route. I can’t disagree more with this reasoning. Northwest Indiana is something of an anomaly when it comes to commuter rail service. All it takes to see this is to look at the entire Chicago metro area, not just our sliver of it.The rail lines in Illinois snake out into thriving suburbs. Take a trip to Naperville if you want a good example of what can come from investing in commuter rail service. Naperville is about 30 miles from Chicago. Metra serves Naperville through the Burlington Northern Santa Fe route. The city has two train stations.


20 Jan 2017

Plan helps developers near South Shore corridor


20 Jan 2017

Indiana lawmakers look to develop South Shore Line

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker is pushing for transit-oriented development projects in northwest Indiana. Rep. Hal Slager, a Republican from Schererville, is sponsoring a bill that would create a Sales Tax Increment Financing district within a half-mile of the tracks of the current South Shore rail.


16 Dec 2016

NICTD Board Approves Resolution on West Lake Corridor Project

The NICTD Board unanimously approved a resolution today endorsing the Hammond Alternative Option 2 as the staff recommended Locally Preferred Alternative subject to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) public review period commencing on December 16, 2016 and ending on February 3, 2017.  To review the DEIS or to learn more about the comment process visit the West Lake Project website at



15 Dec 2016


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) as project sponsor to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Section 4 (f) Evaluation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act for the West Lake Corridor Project.

The DEIS evaluated an extension of the South Shore Line between the Munster/Dyer area and Metra’s Millennium Station in Downtown Chicago. The DEIS documents the benefits and impacts of the alternatives considered and is available on the Project website for public comment and review, from December 16, 2016 to February 3, 2017.