(Michigan City, IN) - Construction of a double track on the South Shore Railroad commuter line is about to start.
According to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), the 11th Street Station in Michigan City will close on May 1. It’s expected to be closed for over two years during the construction period. The plan calls for a second set of tracks from Michigan City to Gary and new bridges along the route. The 11th street station will also be reconstructed into a multi-story train station with retail and parking.
According to NICTD officials, a second track will reduce travel times to Chicago by over 30 minutes by eliminating delays caused by trains having to pull over for oncoming trains on the current single track. Supporters believe shorter travel times will bring an economic boom to areas like Michigan City.