South Shore expansion

A Times special report takes an in-depth look at the effort to extend the South Shore commuter train line to other areas of Northwest Indiana.

South Shore proponents lay tracks for expansion

South Shore proponents lay tracks for expansion

In a renewed push to extend the South Shore commuter rail line, proponents are touting its unparalleled economic development potential and saying no new taxes will be needed to build it.

Clear plan, budget needed for South Shore to advance at Statehouse

Clear plan, budget needed for South Shore to advance at Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS | No single person at the Statehouse is standing in the way of South Shore expansion, because outside the 21-member Northwest Indiana legislative delegation, few of the 129 other state senators and representatives have even heard of it.

America is on board with public transportation

America is on board with public transportation

Anyone using the South Shore or other public transportation had better grab the first empty seat.

Glamorous at times, dire at others, South Shore history a fascinating ride

Glamorous at times, dire at others, South Shore history a fascinating ride

It once brought strong-armed men from their homes to the steel mills. It brought city slickers from Chicago for a day at the beach. It took a generation off to war and brought them back.

Metra success hard to ignore

Metra success hard to ignore

On one side of the border is a sprawling 488-mile commuter rail system with 11 separate tentacles connecting Chicago's Loop with some of the Midwest's most affluent communities.

EDITORIAL: Get ball rolling to get trains rolling

For a state that prides itself on transportation innovation, Indiana is woefully behind when it comes to passenger rail service.

Timeline: South Shore expansion long time coming

Timeline: South Shore expansion long time coming

View this timeline for the background history behind the South Shore expansion plan as well as the future plans. The South Shore expansion to Dyer would take about six years to plan and three years to build.

Visclosky video promotes South Shore Rail Extension

Visclosky video promotes South Shore Rail Extension

Expanding the South Shore Rail Line will give us the opportunity to increase connectivity to Chicago, one of the world's largest economies. Since 1970, Lake County has experienced a decline in population and median income. In order to reverse these trends we must connect the great resources …

Sound off on the South Shore line

Sound off on the South Shore line

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly convened Jan. 6 and is scheduled to meet until March 14.

Gallery: South Shore Line

Gallery: South Shore Line

Indiana legislature is working to expand the South Shore line down to Munster, Dyer and eventually to Lowell, and even possibly Valpo. It's an uphill battle, but U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky has promised a federal match if we can pay our 50 percent of the project locally.

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