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19 Nov 2020

Thanksgiving Week Service Update



Thanksgiving train service

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: A weekday schedule will be in effect on the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day): A weekend/holiday schedule will be in effect in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
  • Friday, Nov. 27 (Black Friday): A weekday schedule will be in effect on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
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18 Nov 2020

Procurement Meeting Notice 11.23.2020



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Procurement Committee hereby gives notice that it will meet on November 23, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. Members of the Committee will participate in the meeting electronically. The public is invited to observe the meeting by accessing the Zoom Meeting link or calling one of the phone numbers listed below:

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17 Nov 2020

Procurement Meeting Notice 11.19.2020



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Procurement Committee hereby gives notice that it will meet on November 19, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. Members of the Committee will participate in the meeting electronically. The public is invited to observe the meeting by accessing the Zoom Meeting link or calling one of the phone numbers listed below:

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15 Nov 2020

State of Indiana Executive Order Service Update



In accordance with a State of Indiana Executive Order mandating the usage of masks effective Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, the South Shore Line will continue to require masks or face coverings for all passengers and employees in stations and onboard our trains. If a passenger is in need of a mask, the SSL will continue to provide masks free of charge. Passengers are reminded to continue to maintain 6-feet of social distance from other individuals onboard all trains and at stations. 

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02 Nov 2020

Reminder: Bikes on Trains season end



Passengers are advised that the South Shore Line’s Bikes on Trains program terminates for the season at the end of the day on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. We look forward to resuming the Bikes on Trains program beginning April 1, 2021.

The SSL thanks all passengers for a successful bike season.

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29 Oct 2020

Special Meeting Notice 11.2.2020



Monday, November 2, 2020

Public Session – 10:30 A.M.

The Board of Trustees of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Members of the Board of Trustees will participate in the meeting electronically. The public is invited to listen to the meeting by dialing US: 1 312 626 6799, Webinar ID: 988 1934 0687, Password: 711275.  Please click the here to join the webinar. Members of the public who require accessibility assistance are encouraged to contact NICTD in advance of the meeting at (219) 926-5744 extension 308.

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19 Oct 2020

SERVICE ADVISORY - Monthly Ticket & Free Ride Update



Due to continued COVID-19 impacts in the South Shore Line service area, the SSL announces that it is modifying its existing free ride promotion to feature WEEKEND WESTBOUND TRAINS only. 

The weekend westbound free rides will be in effect from Nov. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. The free rides apply to all SSL stations, and passengers can simply board applicable weekend westbound trains with no ticket purchase necessary. Passengers will be responsible for paying all applicable fares on weekday trips and weekend eastbound trips. 

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15 Oct 2020

Service Update 10.15.20



Passengers are advised that the City of Chicago has added the State of Indiana to its Emergency Travel Order, effective Oct. 16, 2020. However, Chicago's Quarantine List exempts many individuals who are working in the City or traveling to the City for various personal reasons. The South Shore Line continues to operate regularly scheduled train service and will not be impacted by the order. A link to the Emergency Travel Order can be located here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html.

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01 Oct 2020

SSL Mobile App Update



South Shore Line mobile app users are advised that a new app update is now available for download for iOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play Store. The update will modify the appearance of SSL tickets, and includes new features to improve the user experience:

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29 Sep 2020

Mask Noncompliance Car Notice



**REVISION 11.14.20 - With the new enforcement requirements contained in the Executive Order #2-48, the mask noncompliance car" is immediately discontinued.**In accordance with state and local executive orders, the South Shore Line requires masks or face coverings for all passengers and employees. The SSL provides masks free of charge to all passengers and crew who need a mask.  In July, the SSL introduced a mask noncompliant car for those passengers who choose to not wear a mask as a response to complaints from mask-compliant passengers. Pursuant to state and local orders, certain passengers with mask exemptions (including medical/health issues) are not required to wear a mask nor are they required to move to the mask noncompliant car.

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31 Aug 2020

NICTD Announces Federal Allocation of $50.6 Million for Double Track



Funding sends ‘powerful message about Indiana’s future economic growth and opportunity

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, received an allocation of $50.6M from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the FTAs Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for the Double Track Northwest Indiana (Double Track) project.

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27 Jul 2020

Mask Announcement Update - 7/27/2020



**REVISION 11.14.20 - With the new enforcement requirements contained in the Executive Order #2-48, the mask noncompliance car" is immediately discontinued.**Except within the “mask optional” car located as the second car of every train, masks are required to be worn by all passengers unless excused for reasons of deafness or medical conditions. 

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07 Jul 2020

Temporary busing between Carroll Ave. & South Bend July 13-24, 2020



The South Shore Line plans to periodically bus passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend International Airport while we upgrade our track and segments of overhead wire between Michigan City and South Bend.

The next temporary busing period will occur Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24, 2020 (this includes the weekend of July 18-19).

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29 Jun 2020

Beginning July 3, train alerts will no longer be posted on Facebook or Twitter.



Finding Train Alerts Just Got Easier!

Beginning July 3, train alerts will no longer be posted on Facebook or Twitter in the news feed but will be accessible by clicking on the tab to the left of the Facebook feed labeled TRAIN UPDATES AND ALERTS. This quick link will take you directly to the alert section of the SSL website. No more scrolling -- all alerts are just a click away! If you are looking from a mobile device, just click the Learn More button.

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24 Jun 2020

July Monthly Ticket Update



Due to continued impacts surrounding COVID-19, the South Shore Line announces that all monthly tickets purchased for the month of July will remain valid throughout August 2020. As the State of Indiana and the City of Chicago continue to make progress with their respective re-opening phases, we understand that our passengers may continue to have differing travel schedules throughout the summer.

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04 Jun 2020

South Shore Line outlines health and safety protocol for return to normal service



Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, South Shore Line (SSL) has invested a tremendous amount of time and resources into taking enhanced precautions and implementing new procedures for the health and safety of passengers, as well as train personnel. As Chicago begins to open and more commuters and leisure riders return to the train, the SSL intends to further the safety measures being taken through its Sanitized for Rider Safety program, a comprehensive cleaning and health and safety program.

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29 May 2020

Double Track NWI June Virtual Open Houses Consolidated to Single Online Event



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, previously scheduled three Virtual Open Houses in June that have now been consolidated into one Virtual Open House. The Virtual Open House will occur on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 6-8pm (CDT). The Virtual Open House will be held online rather than in person due to COVID-19.

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13 May 2020

South Shore Line introduces Sanitized for Rider Safety program



The safety of passengers and employees has been and continues to be the top priority for South Shore Line (SSL). Sanitized for Rider Safety is SSL’s comprehensive cleaning program that includes thorough sanitization procedures, safety recommendations for riders, and new resources, such as hand sanitizing stations.

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28 Apr 2020

SSL announces free rides for doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, other medical personnel and law enforcement on the frontlines



To show appreciation for personnel who are tirelessly working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, South Shore Line (SSL) is inviting all doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, other medical personnel and law enforcement to ride free. Law enforcement encompasses police officers, correctional officers, TSA agents, and other security personnel.

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24 Apr 2020

May Monthly Ticket Update



To show our continued appreciation for our passengers, the South Shore Line announces that all monthly tickets purchased for the month of May will remain valid throughout June 2020. With the extension of Illinois' stay-at-home order until May 30, we understand that our passengers may continue to have differing travel schedules throughout the next few months.

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02 Apr 2020

March Monthly Ticket Refund Request Period Extended - Update 4.2



The South Shore Line is aware that many of our passengers were planning to use their March monthly tickets throughout the month of April.

However, due to the continued impact of COVID-19, and the Illinois governor's extension of the Stay-at-Home order until April 30, we know that many of our riders will now be unable to use their March tickets in April. Therefore, the SSL is going to again offer the opportunity to riders to request a refund for March monthly tickets. 

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30 Mar 2020

SSL modified schedule revision: April 1, 2020



At the time the South Shore Line implemented the modified weekday schedule last week, we placed two extra trains in the morning and evening rush hour periods. Scheduling was based upon ridership levels at that time, but a lot can change in one week during this pandemic.

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18 Mar 2020

South Shore Line to reduce service levels



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the South Shore Line will be implementing a temporary modified weekday train schedule to be in effect MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020, until further notice. Please review the attached full schedule of revised weekday train times, which is essentially a modified weekend/holiday schedule with the addition of two morning and two afternoon rush hour trains. Our weekend train schedules will not be changed at this time. Click here to view the modified schedule.

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16 Mar 2020

SERVICE ADVISORY: March/April monthly ticket update



With the continued increase in temporary closures of workplaces, events, schools and other public areas, the South Shore Line continues to closely monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. We understand that many of our monthly ticket holders will not be able to fully utilize their passes for the second half of March and possibly into early April.

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10 Mar 2020

St.Patrick's Day Service Advisory



UPDATE 3/11 - According to parade officials, the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled/postponed for Saturday, March 14. Due to this announcement, South Shore Line extra train service for Saturday will also be canceled. Saturday, March 14, trains will operate according to their normal weekend train schedules.

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02 Mar 2020

Update: Public meetings on Double Track project scheduled



"The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, operator of the South Shore Line, will hold a workshop with the Michigan City City Council at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The meeting will be in the EOC room on the lower level. The purpose of the workshop is for NICTD to convey next steps for the project."

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24 Feb 2020

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo Service



To accommodate passengers attending the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Feb. 28-March 1, 2020, the South Shore Line will be offering select weekday train stops at McCormick Place Station on Friday, Feb. 28, in addition to regular service to McCormick Place during the weekend.

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21 Feb 2020

NICTD to hold Double Track NWI workshop with Michigan City's City Council; public invited



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, will hold a Double Track Northwest Indiana (DT-NWI) Workshop with Michigan City’s City Council on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:00pm at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City, Indiana. The meeting will be in the EOC room on the lower level. The public is welcome to attend as well. The purpose of the Workshop is for NICTD to convey next steps for the project.

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11 Feb 2020

NICTD announces federal transit administration approval to enter into engineering for the Double Track NWI project



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, announced today that it is able to begin the final engineering phase of the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project after receiving approval to enter the New Starts Engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program.

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21 Jan 2020

Sox Fest Weekday Service to McCormick Place



In addition to serving McCormick Place Station on weekends, the South Shore Line will be offering select weekday train stops at McCormick Place during Sox Fest, which will be held in the West Building Jan. 24-25, 2020.

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20 Dec 2019

The South Shore Line announces improvements to the East Chicago Station



MICHIGAN STREET STOPLIGHT:

Effective today Friday, Dec. 20, the SSL traffic signal has been activated at the new Michigan Street entrance/exit to the East Chicago Station parking lot.

The new entrance/exit is located across from the Lear Corp. entrance/exit on Michigan Street. This new intersection shared with Lear consists of the four-way traffic signal and signaled turn lanes.

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22 Nov 2019

History Rides with Rail Rangers - Upcoming Dates



In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Midwest Rail Rangers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides on-board educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana.

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21 Nov 2019

November holiday train service updates



This weekend kicks off the holiday season along the South Shore Line! Experience the magic of the season at some of the most anticipated events like the spectacular Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade (Nov. 23), the annual Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony in Millennium Park (Nov. 22) and the traditional German Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza (open as of Nov. 15).

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11 Oct 2019

East Chicago Station parking lot October-December 2019



The South Shore Line announces that a new, signaled SSL entrance/exit will be constructed at the East Chicago Station parking lot on Michigan Street (see attached map and rendering). The project is scheduled to begin Oct. 12, with completion and implementation scheduled for December 2019.

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07 Oct 2019

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Announces Federal Transit Administration Approval to Enter Engineering for the West Lake Corridor Project



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, announced today that it is able to begin the design and engineering phase of the West Lake Corridor Project after receiving approval to enter the New Starts Engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant program.

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03 Sep 2019

South Shore Line invites first responders to ride the train for free



To show appreciation and to say thank you for their service to the community, the South Shore Line (SSL) is inviting all active-duty first responders to ride the train free of charge Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 15, on all off-peak weekday and weekend trains (off-peak weekday trains arrive at Millennium Station after 9:30 am CST and depart Millennium Station before 3:30 pm and after 6:30 pm CST).

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27 Aug 2019

Rail Rangers Onboard Educational Programs 2019



In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Midwest Rail Rangers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides on-board educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana.

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29 Jul 2019

SSL Lollapalooza Service Advisory



Lollapalooza Aug. 1-4, 2019: The following South Shore Line service updates will be in effect to accommodate passengers attending Lollapalooza, taking place Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Grant Park.

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09 Jul 2019

South Shore Line Celebrates Teachers with Free Rides and an Essay Contest



To thank local educators for their hard work, SSL created Teacher Appreciation Week, where educators are invited to ride the SSL for free from July 15 - 21, on all off-peak weekday and all weekend trains (off-peak weekday trains arrive at Millennium Station after 9:30 am CST and depart Millennium Station before 3:30 pm and after 6:30 pm CST). To ride, educators will need to present a valid school ID.

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28 Jun 2019

South Shore Double Track Project Takes Major Step Forward in Federal Grant Process



CHESTERTON, Ind. – The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line railroad, has formally requested entry into the New Starts engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for the Double Track Northwest Indiana project. The project is a priority for Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA).

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30 May 2019

Board and Meeting Cancellation Notice



The state budget bill, HEA 1001, passed by the Indiana General Assembly the last week of April of this year included a provision restructuring the Board of Trustees of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

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07 May 2019

Public Meeting Notice



The purpose of this notice is to advise you that the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is evaluating properties that may be affected by the West Lake Corridor Project.

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23 Apr 2019

National Get on Board Day to be held April 25



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South Shore Line, announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in National Get On Board Day on Thursday, April 25.

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15 Apr 2019

SSL East Chicago Station Construction



As part of the South Shore Line’s ongoing commitment to improving passenger services, officials today announce that construction is set to begin that will add a second entrance/exit to the East Chicago Station platform.

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11 Apr 2019

SSL Busing Advisory May 6-17, 2019



The South Shore Line plans to periodically bus passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend Airport while we upgrade our track and segments of overhead wire between Michigan City and South Bend.

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04 Apr 2019

SSL to Star Wars Celebration



To accommodate passengers attending the Star Wars Celebration April 11-15, 2019, the South Shore Line will be offering select weekday train stops at McCormick Place Station, in addition to regular service to McCormick Place during the weekend.

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18 Mar 2019

SPRING BREAK 2019: CHICAGO FOODIE PLAY-CATION!



If the way to your heart is through your stomach then this foodie themed play-cation is for you. Hop on the South Shore Line and head to Chicago where your family can take in the sights and sounds and grab some of our favorite family-friendly Chicago cuisines.

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18 Mar 2019

Spring Break 2019: Chicago Adventure Seeker Play-cation



Are you an adventurer at heart? Let the South Shore Line be your ride to some heart pounding fun! And, with our kids ride free spring break promotion running from March 23-April 6 where up to 3 kids 13 years of age and under ride free on all South Shore Line trains, your adrenaline rush is more affordable than ever!

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29 Jan 2019

SSL Service Restored 2/3/19



The South Shore Line train service will be restored effective Sunday, Feb. 3, with westbound Train 600. Upon service resumption, substitute bus service will no longer be in effect between South Bend and Michigan City Carroll Ave. All train service is expected to operate as normal. Any disruptions in service will be promptly posted to our homepage at www.mysouthshoreline.com, our South Shore Line Facebook and Twitter pages, our mobile app, and via email notifications.

 

 

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28 Jan 2019

SSL To Valentine's Day



Whether you and your sweetheart are heading to a romantic date night or you are treating yourself to some pampering in the city, the SSL can take you there.

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20 Dec 2018

NHL Winter Classic Service



To accommodate passengers attending the NHL Winter Classic taking place at noon Central Standard Time on Jan. 1, 2019, the South Shore Line will operate a morning eastbound extra and an afternoon westbound extra.

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18 Dec 2018

Our Deepest Condolences



The team at the South Shore Line sends our deepest condolences to the families of the two Chicago Police Department officers who lost their lives today.

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20 Nov 2018

2018 Holiday Service



Experience the magic of the season at some of the most anticipated events along the South Shore Line from South Bend to Chicago.

To ensure we provide the best experience possible to our riders this holiday season, we will be offering additional eastbound trains, and have made our holiday train and ticket office schedules available in advance. Please see the schedule below for more information.

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