Weekend outages coming for South Shore

First one scheduled May 15 and 16
2010-04-14T00:00:00Z Weekend outages coming for South ShoreBy Rob Earnshaw - Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 14, 2010 12:00 am  • 

PORTAGE | South Shore commuter train service will undergo seven weekend outages this year due to wiring work, said the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

At the Northwestern Indian Regional Planning Commission committee Tuesday, NICTD's Joe Crnkovich said the first outage will occur May 15 and 16 due to wire work on a stretch between Gary and Michigan City.

No trains will operate east of Gary Metro Center on those two days, he said.

The next outage is planned until Aug. 7 and 8.

NICTD also announced that a contract to replace the bridge over Hobart Road in Gary's Miller Beach neighborhood was awarded and that work will begin in October.

In other committee news, Regional Bus Authority Executive Director Tim Brown said ridership for the new EasyGo express bus to Chicago from Dyer started slow, but is now averaging 17 passengers per bus.

Brown said a survey will be out at the end of May to address re-routes due to construction in Chicago's Loop.

"We're looking at changing some potential locations and timing," Brown said. "Right now the buses leave at 6:30 and 7:30 (a.m.) -- we'll probably move those up a little bit due to the construction."

The change would most likely be about 15 minutes and only affect the morning buses, Brown said.

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