Construction of the so-called double-track project is expected to improve the speed, frequency and dependability of the South Shore line between South Bend and Chicago. South Bend Tribune Photo/Becky Malewitz
Construction of the so-called double-track project is expected to improve the speed, frequency and dependability of the South Shore line between South Bend and Chicago. South Bend Tribune Photo/Becky Malewitz
The idea of getting to Chicago faster on the South Shore Line has taken another step toward reality with a $50.6 million boost from the Federal Transit Administration.

The FTA’s recent announcement is tantamount to an advance on the roughly 40% contribution the federal government will ultimately make to the estimated $460 million project, which was unveiled to the public about four years ago.

“This project will improve transportation options for Northwest Indiana residents traveling to downtown Chicago and surrounding areas as well as to South Bend International Airport,” said K. Jane Williams, FTA deputy administrator, in a video accompanying the announcement.

The project would include the installation of a second track in the stretch from Michigan City to Gary. The single track causes delays when maintenance is required or when freight rail is using the tracks.

Besides the new track, the project also would include new platforms at the Miller, Ogden Dunes, Dune Park, Beverly Shores and Michigan City 11th Street stations, as well as additional parking spaces and elimination of a considerable number of at-grade crossings in Michigan City.
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