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.
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.
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.
Anyone using the South Shore or other public transportation had better grab the first empty seat.
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.
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.
For a state that prides itself on transportation innovation, Indiana is woefully behind when it comes to passenger rail service.
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.
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 …
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly convened Jan. 6 and is scheduled to meet until March 14.
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.