South Shore approved to begin engineering phase for double track project
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the South Shore Line, received approval to begin the final engineering phase of the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project.
The project will add 16.9 miles of a second track from Gary to Michigan City, increase parking by 1,359 spaces at 4 stations and add 9 new platforms at Gary/Miller, Portage/Ogden Dunes, Dune Park, Beverly Shores, and 11th Street (Michigan City) stations.
In Michigan City, the single street-running track will be replaced with two new, ballasted tracks. IN addition, 21 railroad crossings will be eliminated.
The South Shore Line estimates the project will reduce travel times for all riders east of Gary.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and is estimated to be complete in 2024. It is anticipated to cost $460 million.