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Nothing is more important than the safety of our passengers. Our goal is to
transport you to your destination as safely as possible every time. Many accidents can be avoided. Please review the below safety tips, so you can have the safest, most enjoyable ride possible.


  • Always remain alert and attentive to potential danger, especially at night
  • Have your keys ready when you go out to your car. Look inside your vehicle before entering it. Don’t sit alone in a parked car
  • Commuters waiting for a ride should stand in a well-lighted area
  • Always roll up your windows, lock your vehicle, and pocket your keys
  • Remove all valuables inside your vehicle from plain view
  • Utilize vehicle anti-theft devices 


  • Never stand at platform edges or lean over yellow line
  • Look both ways before crossing a railroad track (Stay off the tracks when possible)
  • Always use stairways and hand rails
  • Never leave children unattended
  • Never run in the parking lot, station, on the platform or to catch a train
  • Look both ways before walking through parking lots and use cross walk
  • Never lean against a railroad car
  • Never try to retrieve dropped articles from tracks. Notify an SSL employee if you drop belongings
  • Cross tracks only at designated crossings
  • Walking on or along the tracks or crossing the track at unauthorized locations can result in serious injury or death
  • Use caution when wearing headsets or using cell phone near track or waiting on platforms


  • Watch the gap between the platform and the train when boarding or leaving
  • Use the hand rails in stairwell when boarding or leaving a train
  • Never try to board or leave a moving train
  • Always allow passengers to exit before you attempt to board


  • Whenever possible, remain seated until your station is announced
  • Never put a hand, foot, briefcase, or other object between the doors
  • Never ride between cars
  • Be prepared for sudden starts, stops, or changes in direction
  • Avoid changing cars while a train is in motion
  • Never leave parcels, luggage, or other belongings in the aisle
  • Never leave children unattended
  • Never lean on train doors
  • Never extend your head or arms out of train windows

AED (Automated External Defibrillator)

Did you know the SSL has AEDs on all train cars? This lifesaving equipment is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. 

  • For single level cars, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located on the “B” end (eastbound direction) wall inside the passenger compartment. That includes cars 1-48, 101-110, 201-210.
  • For gallery cars 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, all AED’s are located on the “B” end (eastbound direction) wall inside the passenger compartment. For cars 301, 303, 305, 307, 309, 311, 313, they are located on the “F” end (westbound direction) wall in the passenger compartment.

Our SSL onboard crew members attend a required CRP/AED with basic 1st aid training class annually. In an emergency, call 911 or NICTD Police at (219) 398-6000. 


In the interest of safety and to ensure that passengers make it to and from their destinations in a timely manner during extreme weather, the South Shore Line may run modified schedules, annul trains or suspend train service completely.

Thunderstorms, high winds, or tornado threats can cause significant delays due to the necessary decrease in operating speeds, or service may be suspended altogether. Extreme temperatures - cold or heat - can affect the train equipment and/or rail lines themselves, also resulting in a decreased operating speed or suspended service. 

During extreme winter weather, snow and ice can build up causing interference with switches, resulting in delays. When snow and ice clog switches, the railroad’s signal system warns trains to operate with caution, and for train crews to observe and manually clean and line switches as necessary. Preventative measures are in place to reduce this occurrence, but it is still a possibility in some conditions. 

Sign up for our service alerts and delays notifications via email or SMS for the most up-to-date service information (will link to here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INTRANNICTD/subscriber/new?fbclid=IwAR0wl6qm91nxV-6gsyCPDb7qaHfxWJ2oTI-RVIx8ulmkNcUwpeTsDjT09yg). The website and social media may also reflect changes to SSL train service. 


In an emergency, call 911 or NICTD Police at (219) 398-6000.
Every car has clearly marked Emergency Exit Windows and Doors.
In the event of an emergency, remember:

  • Stay calm and listen carefully for announcements from the train crew
  • Remain on the train unless instructed otherwise by NICTD or emergency personnel
  • Offer assistance to disabled passengers and help disabled passengers in wheelchairs exit with their wheelchairs in an evacuation
  • In the event of a fire, immediately inform any station or train employee. Trains have fire extinguishers, fire axes, and first aid kits located in all cars and are intended for use by train crews. If there is a fire or smoke condition in your car, immediately move to the next car
  • Please alert train crew to medical emergencies
  • Report suspicious behavior or activities to your train crew