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South Shore Line ticket prices to increase

The South Shore Line is again raising ticket prices.

Starting this Sunday, commuters and day trippers will pay more to take the South Shore Line train into Chicago to fund a new safety system aimed at preventing deadly crashes.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board approved a 5-percent increase rounded up to the nearest 25 cents at its May meeting, and the price hike takes effect this week.

One-way trips to Millennium Park and other downtown Chicago stations will rise to $7 from Hammond and East Chicago, $7.50 from the Gary stations, $9 from Portage and Ogden Dunes, $10 from Beverly Shores, $10.25 from Michigan City, $13 from Hudson Lake and $14.25 from South Bend. 

Monthly rates rise to $197.25 from Hammond or East Chicago, the busiest station on the rail line, and $402.25 from the system's terminus in South Bend. The increases affects every fare type, including 10-ride passes, 25-ride passes and reduced rates.

The South Shore Line attributed the latest hike to federal mandates for Positive Train Control, an automated system that stops trains before they can crash that was developed after a Metrolink passenger train and a Union Pacific freight train collided in 2008 in California, killing 25 passengers and injuring another 135.

"Due to the implementation of Positive Train Control over the next year, the South Shore Line fare increases are a necessary means of supporting the PTC safety upgrades and improvement required by federal mandate," NICTD said in a news release.

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