South Shore News

14 Nov 2017

South Shore Service Information November 18-26, 2017



Extra Eastbound Departures from Millennium StationThese extra trains will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend

  • Saturday, November 18 departing @8:00 p.m., and Van Buren St. @8:03 p.m. running non-stop to Hegewisch and making all local stops terminating in Michigan City.
  • Wednesday, November 22 departing @2:00 p.m., and Van Buren St. @2:03 p.m. running non-stop to Hegewisch and making all local stops terminating in Michigan City.
  • Saturday, November 25 departing @4:25 p.m., and Van Buren St. @ 4:28 p.m. running non-stop to Hegewisch and making all local stops terminating in Michigan City.
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08 Sep 2017

SSL Files Rating Applications for West Lake Corridor and NWI-Double Track Projects



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line, today announced that they have filed applications with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeking project ratings for both the West Lake Corridor and South Shore Line’s Double Track projects.  This infrastructure investment package totals over $977 million and represents the single largest investment in commuter rail in the South Shore’s history. 

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28 Aug 2017

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAMES



The South Shore Line and South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) are pleased to announce that they will once again offer FREE shuttle bus service between the Airport and Notre Dame Stadium for this year’s home football schedule.

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FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAMES

09 Jul 2017

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAMES



The South Shore Line and South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) are pleased to announce that they will once again offer FREE shuttle bus service between the Airport and Notre Dame Stadium for this year’s home football schedule.

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09 Jun 2017

RDA makes South Shore commitment for Lake, Porter counties



MERRILLVILLE — The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority on Thursday committed $3 million annually to the South Shore Line's Double Track project, part of a $290 million effort to add a second set of tracks between Gary and Michigan City and to shift the tracks out of the center of the street in the latter community. The allocation constitutes Lake and Porter counties' share of the project. The annual payment would continue for 30 years, unless the project's bonds are retired earlier. LaPorte County has decided to pay its share of the project upfront, as allowed by legislation enacted at this year's Indiana General Assembly, with an $18.25 million contribution from the county and Michigan City.

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02 Jun 2017

LaPorte County allocates double track funds



LAPORTE — LaPorte County government is paying its entire share of the cost for the proposed upgrades to the South Shore commuter line with cash up front, and Michigan City's $12.1 million share received preliminary approval this week. The estimated $290 million project still hinges on the federal government approving funding for one-half the entire cost. The LaPorte County Council unanimously decided Tuesday to take $5 million out of the county's major bridge fund and the remaining $1.1 million from the county's emergency reserve fund to cover its portion of the expense.

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01 Jun 2017

South Bend, St. Joseph County will commit millions for faster South Shore ride to Chicago



St. Joseph County and South Bend have averaged modest population growth each of the past four years, but they’ve trailed the state of Indiana’s growth rate, according to recently released Census Bureau estimates. City, county and business leaders say they have a prime opportunity to change that by double-tracking part of the South Shore Line, which would eliminate the need for the passenger line to wait for oncoming freight trains, and realigning the South Shore’s approach to South Bend International Airport. They say the work, when finished in 2020, will reduce the South Bend-to-Chicago trip from its current 2.5 hours to 90 minutes, and possibly down to 75 minutes on a special limited-stop trip each weekday morning and evening.

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01 Jun 2017

Passenger rail in and around Chicago is becoming more bike friendly



About ten years ago I biked with a friend from Chicago to Hammond, Indiana—a 30-mile ride that was made especially easy by a strong tailwind. We could take the train back, my friend assured me, which was a relief because I'd been having knee problems and wasn't up for a return cycling trip. Unfortunately, she turned out to be wrong: when we wheeled into the station we found signs clearly stating that bikes were allowed on trains only if they were packed into boxes. The station didn't sell boxes, and even if it had, we didn't have the right tools with us to disassemble our bikes. It was a long trip back, riding into a wind that seemed to grow stronger with every turn of our pedals.

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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.

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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.
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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."

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20 Jan 2017

Plan helps developers near South Shore corridor



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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.

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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 http://www.nictdwestlake.com/index.html

 

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15 Dec 2016

WEST LAKE CORRIDOR PROJECT DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND SCHEDULES FOR THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS



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 www.nictdwestlake.com for public comment and review, from December 16, 2016 to February 3, 2017.

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