South Shore directors are proposing a 2 percent across-the-board fare
increase in each of 2010 and 2011, and they want to know what passengers
think about it.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. a public hearing will take place adjacent to Dune Park
Station on U.S. 12 east of Indiana 49, headquarters for the Northern Indiana
Commuter Transporation District that owns and operates the South
Bend-to-Chicago commuter service.
With revenue and ridership down while operating costs continue to rise,
South Shore management also is evaluating salary and wage freezes, furlough
days and service reductions as further cost-cutting measures.
Public hearings on the fare increase are taking place at five locations and
the public comment period closes March 18. The NICTD board representing St.
Joseph, LaPorte, Porter and Lake counties will vote on the proposals March
Two other changes involved would be reducing from two to one the number of
children who can ride free with an adult passenger on off-peak weekday and
all weekend/holiday trains, and designating Train 11 departing Millennium
Station at 3:58 p.m. a rush-hour train requiring all children to pay a
Infants would continue to ride for free.