Potential New South Bend Trail Station Costs Vary

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A recent report from a global engineering firm shows the potential costs and economic impact associated with five possible sites for a rerouted stop along the South Shore rail line in South Bend. The AECOM (NYSE: ACM) report suggests the base cost associated with the locations would range from $23.8 million to $102.3 million. Development in and around the sites, the study presented to the city council suggests, could generate an economic impact of anywhere from $83.8 million to $415.3 million.

Shifting the current path of the line is one part of a long-term, complex series of proposals that include double-tracking the South Shore from Michigan City to Gary to reduce a South Bend-to-Chicago trip from the current two-hour-and-forty-minute travel time to 90 minutes. The city last year announced it would kick in $25 million toward rerouting the path.

According to the report, the estimated base costs for each alternative are:

  • Site 1: Chocolate Factory - $44.3 million
  • Site 2 : Honeywell - $23.9 million
  • Site 3: Amtrak - $31.7 million
  • Site 4: Downtown - $102.3 million
  • Proposed Realigned Airport Station (Alt G) - $29.5 million

The potential economic impact over 10 years for the alternatives according to the report are:

  • Site 1: Chocolate Factory - $144.4 million
  • Site 2 : Honeywell - $171.5 million (mixed-use scenario) or $132 million (industrial use scenario)
  • Site 3: Amtrak - $139.7 million
  • Site 4: Downtown - $415.3 million
  • Proposed Realigned Airport Station (Alt G) - $83.8 million
  • Current Airport Station, without building - $39 million
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