Northwest Indiana seeking to lure Chicago commuters to South Shore

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Indiana cities along Lake Michigan’s southern shore hope to lure more Chicago residents with revitalized downtowns and a new commuter train track.

The Chicago Tribune reports that officials received federal approval in May to hire engineers for preliminary plans to add a new segment to the South Shore Line. Transportation officials hope the additions will slash the commute from Michigan City to Chicago to just one hour.

Leah Konrady, president of One Region, which promotes growth in northwest Indiana, says the new rail line is going to be a “huge game changer.”

Michael Noland is CEO of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which runs from South Bend to Chicago. He says having two tracks would allow trains to run faster and provide more options for commuting to Chicago.

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