Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance

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Today:   Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser and his Republican Party counterpart, Dan Dernulc, talk about the last-minute campaigning efforts that their candidates are making, one week ahead of the municipal elections. They also talk about the joint letter they issued in response to remarks posted on Facebook by the former Libertarian Party chairman about two Hammond City Council candidates.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," with host Kevin Comerford from the Construction Advancement Foundation -- and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. 

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Today:  Indiana University Northwest sociology professor Jack Bloom joins us to talk about "Class, Race and the Civil Rights Movement," a book he wrote and was published more than 30 years ago and is still relevant today -- so much so, that he added some new material for the second edition now in print.  He will talk about it, and sign the books, on October 24th on the Gary campus.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson spoke with Portage Mayor John Cannon last week when the Porter County emergency communications system was upgraded to meet statewide standards.   IPBS reporter Rebecca Thiele travelled to Lake Michigan communities to find out more about the impact that recent chemical spills are having on UIndiana Dunes National  Park tourism. And we hear from northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer and from Steve Coxhead of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance about how the IPRA is still lobbying hard for support for the "Hoosier State" rail service.

Indiana Landmarks

Today:   Todd Zeiger with Indiana Landmarks tells more about this year's "sold out" tour of  13 Hoosier architectural landmarks that make up the annual "Logs To Lustrons" Tour on May 4th and the illustrated talk the evening before the tour.   Todd says they sold all 600 or so tickets earlier this week.   We two more conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  Steve Coxhead from the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance tells the latest on lobbying efforts to get "Hoosier State" service in the next two-year state budget and Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus revi

Amtrak/Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance

Today:   We learn from Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, about the efforts to keep Amtrak's "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services running for the immediate future, since there is no state funding set aside in the next two-year budget.  Coxhead says Amtrak is aware of the funding situation and could take steps within 90 days to suspend service, if nothing is resolved.  We also talk to Dan Klein with the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission about getting campaigning local government candidates to sign a pledge of support on ethics issues, and a one-day confe

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Today:    Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, is with us to talk about the advocacy organization's lobbying efforts with state legislators to make sure that the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to support the "Hoosier State" and other regional passenger rail services. Hoosier lawmakers are working on a new two-year state budget this session.

Amtrak

Today:    Steve Coxhead of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance joins us to give an update on how passenger rail service is doing across the Region and the state -- a preview of the organization's short-term strategic plan -- and some concerns about the business model that Amtrak's new president is endorsing.  And Griffith Town Council president Rick Ryfa talks about Tuesday's special election in his community that will determine whether residents want to remain in Calumet Township -- or choose a different township.

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Today:   Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds joins us to talk about a special program coming up on April 30th at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, where two nationally-known speakers will talk very candidly about the dangers of bullying and violent video games, as they relate to the ongoing issue of school shootings.  The Porter County Safe Schools Commission is working with the Sheriff's Department on this program.

IN Passenger Rail Alliance

Today:  we find out the latest concerns about railroad safety, especially in light of recent passenger and freight train incidents around the country, from Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance president Steve Coxhead.  Steve also has updates on the Amtrak "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services between Indianapolis and Chicago and -- for the "Cardinal" -- points to the East Coast.   A very unique south Lake County bed-and-breakfast is featured as Indiana's only listing on a special U.S.

Today:  we bring back our conversation with Linda Perez, the executive director of St. Jude's House in Crown Point during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, closing out next week.  We also bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, where first-person stories are paired with intentional conversations to help forge stronger ties within and across communities.

Amtrak

Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about concerns about late trains on Amtrak's "Hoosier State passenger service between Indianapolis and Chicago.  The national rail provider says only one in three Indianapolis-bound trains arrived on-time in June, a change from past months  Coxhead says there are problems on CSX, the freight line that provides the rails for both the "Hoosier State" and the Indiana "Cardinal" passenger routes. 

Indiana House Republicans

Today:   A conversation with State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) about the just-completed 2017 General Assembly session and the big issues that lawmakers addressed.  He also talks about the bills he introduced and supported that affect northwest Indiana residents and businesses -- including road and bridge improvements, and his bill that sets up the mechanism to support the South Shore Line's "double tracking" between Gary and Michigan City and the proposed "West Lake Corridor" project.  

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Today:  a conversation with Ray Grady, the President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, about the letter of intent between the two-hospital system and Franciscan Alliance to explore a full integration of healthcare facilities and services in Lake County. 

Franciscan Alliance is one of the Midwest's largest providers.  He talks about the months-long process of finding a partner -- what will now happen over the next six months -- and what becoming part of the Franciscan Alliance system, if approved by regulators, will bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

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The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.   

The IPRA supports moving the tracks to alongside city streets rather than their present location in the middle, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project. 

Steven Coxhead, the president of the IPRA, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday and here's the conversation.

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Today:  "Regionally Speaking" focuses on rail transportation in northwest Indiana.  

First, a conversation with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.  The Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.    The IPRA supports that work, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project.

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Riders getting on board Amtrak's Hoosier State Line passenger service between Chicago and Indianapolis beginning March 1st will notice that they're sitting in  Amtrak cars.  Iowa Pacific, the company contracted by the Indiana Department of Transportation last year to provide the equipment, is ending its agreement effective February 28th.  Amtrak will resume complete control of the service on March 1st.