South Shoreline requesting change at South Bend Airport

(Photo Supplied/South Shore Line)

The South Shoreline is requesting to move the South Bend train station.

They’re asking to move the station from the east side of the airport to the west side.

They say it will cut travel times by about 15 minutes, with an added spot in Downtown South Bend.

They say that the proposal would make the commute from South Bend to Chicago 90 minutes.

ABC 57 News reports that the South Shore Line will have their plan in place by November, with no word on how much the project would cost.

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Adam August 8, 2022 at 3:57 pm

A few years ago they said it would cost over one hundred million then, to bring a South Shore station to the downtown of S.B. The 15 minutes of time is not worth the expense of taxpayer money.

Over 45 years ago they had a South Shore station in downtown S.B. Then they moved it to the same building as the Amtrak station. Later they decided to put it in the Central Transportation Hub of Michiana, the local Airport.

Charles U Farley August 8, 2022 at 9:02 pm

None of this is worth the taxpayer money. The line had roughly a million riders in 2021. That means we are looking at subsidizing an additional 33% of the face value of a $15 weekday ticket for the full ride if we spread that out over TWENTY YEARS!

What a boondoggle! Why are we funding this garbage?

Thomas Hryck August 8, 2022 at 7:23 pm

People are just waiting to come to south bend from chicago. Still have crime, shootings, drugs. Just no subway tracks to get pushed on to.

William August 9, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Ridership throughout the line will increase if the ride time is decreased (already starting with the double track project). Right now it’s faster to drive from SB to Chicago, although it isn’t cheaper if you take the Toll Road and the Skyway. As someone who goes to Chicago fairly regularly, if the ride time was only 90 minutes, I would much rather pay to take the train and not deal with construction on the Toll Road, traffic, accidents, and ever increasing tolls (plus downtown Chicago parking $). I am happy for my tax dollars to be used to improve the South Shore!


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