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The United States Department of Transportation has awarded Indiana $177.5 million for two projects – one in Lake County and the other in Indianapolis.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

CHESTERTON - The South Shore implemented a downscaled schedule on Monday (March 23rd) to better reflect the decreased ridership amid the COVID-19 virus.  Lakeshore Public Radio spoke with Michael Noland, President of the South Shore Line about the reduced weekday service schedule and whether or not the Double Tracking project and the West Lake Corridor project will be effected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Noland says he thinks despite the current situation, the future projects will go on as planned.

MICHIGAN CITY -The city of Michigan City has finalized it's approximate $12 million contribution to the proposed South Shore Line Double Track project.  Council president Don Pryzbylinski told "The Times," the city made a commitment to fund Michigan City's portion to the project in 2017 and a unanimous vote on Tuesday by the city's common council is the honoring of that commitment.  He said that should send a strong message to the Federal Transit Administration.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.8 million railroad safety grant to the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the city of LaPorte.

The project will replace the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track to ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.

The funding announced last week comes from the Department of Transportation's Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

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Today:    We conitnue another conversation with a northwest Indiana state legislator, with Democratic state Senator Karen Tallian, who represents constituents in communities along Lake Michigan.  She begins with the update on an effort by some lakefront residents to discourage visitors to the beaches in their area, and she spends time focusing on the difficulty in getting bills passed and enacted into law.  Bill Durnell is the Democrat who beat a worthy opponent to win the party's nomination for the spot in the general election ballot for Valparaiso Mayor.  He talks with us about his campa

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable program, we check in with "Times of Northwest Indiana " reporter Andrew Steele and "Northwest Indiana Gazette" citizen journalism publisher Ken Davidson about the material they posted online and (in Andrew's case) in print, as well.  Ken's focusing on his attendance at Wednesday night's public forum in Gary on the Fund 224 account, and we bring you exercpts from Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson made at the public forum.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:  we have two major conversations --  first,Leslie Plesac, the executive director of the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest, is in the studio to talk about the first speaker for the 65th season of the town  hall-style series:  former FBI Director, and now award-winning author, James Comey.  His talk is scheduled for Sept. 9 in Michigan City.  And then, Gary Mayor Karen Freman-Wilson joins us from City Hall to talk about a multi-faceted anti-crime strategy that involves city officials, the faith community and Gary residents.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - If you've ever been curious about what's outside your window on a South Shore train ride between Millenium Station in Chicago and South Bend, there is an organization with members that volunteer on the weekends in the summer to help educate and inform.  Robert Tabern, Executive Director of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation says there are a lot of places and things of interest between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

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CHESTERTON - The South Shore Line has released a statement regarding the snow that's expected during the winter storm tonight into tomorrow (Thursday into Friday).  The significant snowfall that's expected over the next couple of days is within the South Shore Line service area. At this point, the South Shore anticipates all trains being on time, but they will keep passengers updated on any changes or service disruptions via their website, mobile app and email alerts and of course you can get that information at Lakeshore Public Radio, 89.1 fm.

 

Transit Development Districts, or TDDs, were authorized last year by the the state of Indiana. They are special-purpose districts designated to help fund specific transportation projects. The TDD advisory committee for the South Shore Line met this week in Merrillville to discuss the implementation of the TDDs along the South Shore Line.
 

CHESTERTON - Local first responders are being put on the hot seat this weekend.  The Northern Indiana  Commuter  Transportation  District  is set to conduct  an emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, October 7th from 9am until 11 a.m.

South Shore spokesperson John Parsons says it will be held near the South Shore Line’s intersection with County Road 500E, in eastern LaPorte County, immediately east of the Indiana Toll Road overpass of the South Shore.  

The South Shore is conducting this training exercise in cooperation
with the Kankakee Township Fire Department.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

CHESTERTON - One of the requirements for federal funding for the double tracking of the South Shore Line is now complete.  

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District spokesperson John Parsons says the environmental assessment (EA) for the double track project between Michigan City and Gary is done and is now available for public comment.  Parsons says the EA can be accessed online through the double track website.

RailRangers.org

The non-profit railroad historical group American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation formed a new partnership with the South Shore Line/Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to offer passengers on selected Saturdays an opportunity beginning next month to learn more about the communities served by the commuter train.

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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.

The Real Life - Rail Tourist blog

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.

WBAA Public Radio

Today:  Cal Bellamy, the president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, is in the studio to talk about the multi-county commission and its goals to train employees of governmental offices and other facilities in ethical workplace practices.  The SEAC just released its 2016 annual report and Bellamy talks about 2017, including its annual Ethics Summit in early April.

WFYI Public Radio

Today:   Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com says we can expect higher gasoline and diesel fuel prices in 2017 -- and he gives us the reasons why.

We also talked with Lake County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center assistant director Jessica Petalas-Hernandez about the temporary quarantine in place right now due to the canine flu -- and with Rachel Delaney of the Humane Society Calumet Area about the canine and feline flu outbreak they experienced last year, and how they dealt with it.