Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Distrcit
The South Shore Line's operator on Friday took a major step toward applying for federal aid to build a $571 million extension by voting unanimously to hire AECOM, of Los Angeles, to develop a draft environmental impact study.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., will be keynote speaker at a forum to promote the extension of the South Shore commuter railroad to Dyer at the Avalon Manor, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on March 10.
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.
South Shore ridership dropped 1.7 percent in 2013 as compared to 2012, due mainly to the slow economic recovery and fewer riders going to festivals and other entertainment in Chicago.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky is right to push for the South Shore extension. This train could, and should, be an even bigger economic engine than it already is.
All westbound South Shore trains are operating on schedule after early morning delays of up to 20 minutes due to red signals east of the Dune Park station, according to a statement issued by the commuter rail line.
CHESTERTON | Ridership on the South Shore commuter railroad fell 1 percent in 2012, impacted by slow job growth in Chicago's Loop as well as a slow holiday shopping season, according to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.
A broken rail just west of Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City has westbound South Shore commuter trains running 10 to 15 minutes late this morning.
Ridership on the South Shore commuter railroad is flat from last year and freight railroads also are seeing mixed results.
South Shore commuter trains were running on schedule Monday morning after damage to a substation Sunday caused significant delays and cancellations in Porter and LaPorte counties.
A project to install Wi-Fi in South Shore trains has been short-circuited by a sudden lack of interest on the part of the vendor, who was providing equipment in exchange for the right to sell ads on the home page.
The NATO summit will cost South Shore operator Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District about $100,000 when all bills and losses are tallied.
Freight railroads continue to see mixed results so far this year, with total carloads down but intermodal traffic – mainly containers carried on freight trains – turning in consistent gains so far this year.
South Shore riders should be able to connect to free Wi-Fi on trains in 2012, with the commuter railroad now wiring cars in preparation for installing the necessary hardware.
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