(Michigan City, IN) - There appears to be a delay in the much anticipated construction of double track for the South Shore Railroad commuter line from Michigan City to Gary.
According to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the commuter line, the project is out for bids a second time to try and reduce the cost.
Mike Noland, Executive Director of NICTD, reaffirmed his commitment to the project at last night’s Michigan City Common Council meeting. “We are, right now, in the process of rebidding the contract. We hope to start construction early this fall. The obligations that are in this agreement that NICTD has committed to the city we stand by them. Every single one of them,” he said. The start of construction was supposed to begin this summer.
Noland also said $500 million has been secured to pay for the project designed to reduce travel times to and from Chicago by train. A one way trip to Chicago from Michigan City is expected to be reduced by about 30 minutes.
Supporters claim the project will result in considerable economic growth from greater ability to live here and work in Chicago.