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South Shore Line cancels service again Tuesday amid unrest
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South Shore Line cancels service again Tuesday amid unrest

South Shore Line cancels service again Thursday amid unrest

The South Shore Line has cancelled service again Tuesday.

South Shore Line service from Northwest Indiana to Chicago will be suspended again for the second straight day after the widespread protests in Chicago, Northwest Indiana and across the nation over the police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

"South Shore Line train service will continue to be temporarily suspended Tuesday after consultation with Metra officials," the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District said. "It has been determined that due to recent events, the downtown area remains unsafe for our employees and passengers. Please be advised that SSL positive train control test trains will again operate on Tuesday, although no passenger service will be available."

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Both the South Shore Line and Metra shut down their commuter rail service to the city Monday after widespread demonstrations over the weekend that escalated into looting and property damage.

Ridership on the interurban train was already greatly down because of the coronavirus pandemic. South Shore Line officials are not sure yet when commuter rail service to Chicago will resume.

"We will continue to monitor events as Tuesday progresses, and updates regarding SSL Wednesday service will be sent as more information becomes available," the commuter rail service said in a press release. "We appreciate our passengers’ patience and understanding."

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Metra tweeted it was suspending all service Tuesday "for the safety of the public and our employees" and that will provide updates about Wednesday on Tuesday.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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