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Six-mile rail system proposed for St. Joseph County

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A local group wants to connect you with amenities in St. Joseph County by streetcar…

The proposed six-mile system – called RiverRail – would run from Notre Dame, through South Bend, to Mishawaka. Advocates say it has the power to transform and revitalize the area.

WSBT reports the proposed route: From Notre Dame to the Morris Performing Arts Center, Howard Park, the South Bend Farmers Market, IUSB, River Park, Beutter Park, to downtown Mishawaka.

Th tracks would be built into already existing right-of-way areas – like on Mishawaka Avenue. The street cars would not interfere with parking or bike lanes, and he says the system would be electric, so it would be environmentally friendly.

The next steps for the project are a formal study, then a proposal for city and county officials.

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Charles U Farley May 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

This looks like an environmentally friendly boondoggle.

Well, it would, if that electricity to run the train didn’t come from fossil fuel plants! What a load of BS.

So, how about ridership estimates and costs? Let’s see exactly how big of a boondoggle this is.

Thomas William May 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

How do they call it for St. Joseph county? Looks like its for south bend, Mishawaka area only. What good will it do for the rest of the county?

James G LaBelle May 12, 2021 at 1:45 pm

That will be “Upgrade #3.”

Charles U Farley May 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

I guess the urban areas are the only places that count to the urban dwellers. The rest of us can just shut up and pay for it…

Suck it July 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

South Bend/Mishawaka residents pay for a lot stuff county residents don’t pay for yet still benefits from. So quit your whining.

Rick May 12, 2021 at 6:02 pm

It will be as good as the green bike program. What a waste of money.
I can’t see it getting any business other than what the bus line gets. Then what happens to the bus lines?
Lets spend money we don’t have. Oh that right it’s run by Dumbycraps.

Thor May 14, 2021 at 8:17 am

Tons of rolling stock to move pounds of human cargo…it just makes so much sense…NOT.

Robert June 3, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Hmmm. These comments were also made about stagecoaches and automobiles — by people who rode horses and used buggy whips. The same people who dumped on the whole idea of television, radio and even poo-pooed the Internet. What good is space travel if only the rich can go on the new rocket ships? Why do we need rockets at all? There are always nitwits who only understand their tiny little universe and could care less about the new jobs, the restored neighborhoods, the new life that springs up around modern streetcars wherever they are installed. The reduction in crime. The improved property values and the prosperity. Who needs all that? Not here. Nope! I agree. Progress is for the faint of heart. Let’s just keep doing what we’re doing. Damn. It’s working so darn well. We need more of it.


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