South Shore Line Officials Lay Out Annual, Long-term Plans

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(Image of the South Shore Line courtesy of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.) (Image of the South Shore Line courtesy of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.)

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Board of Trustees has unveiled plans for nearly $140 million in capital projects for the year. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report a total of $1.2 billion in projects is on tap over the next five years. The work includes high-profile projects like the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor extension and double-tracking the line between Gary and Michigan City.

The plans, the publication reports, include:

  • Environmental, engineering and property acquisition phases for the aforementioned projects.
  • Implementing a federally-mandated safety system that would allow for automatic breaking called Positive Train Control.
  • Environmental and engineering phases involved in relocating the South Bend International Airport's South Shore Line station at the airport terminal.
  • Final engineering stages of a new East Chicago station platform for the South Shore Line.
  • Modernizing electrical, traction power substations along the South Shore Line.
  • State of Good Repair funding for maintenance and upgrades on the South Shore Line rail and train cars.

You can connect to more about the 2018 and long-term plans from The Times of Northwest Indiana by clicking here.

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