“Vaping” may be acceptable in some circles, but not on South Shore trains.
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Distrct on Friday voted
unanimously not to allow the use of battery-powered electronic cigarettes on
trains. The e-smokes emit a vapor instead of the traditional smoke from
NICTD general manager Gerald Hanas said nine commuter lines around the
nation including Metra in Illinois ban the use of e-cigarettes. For the
South Shore, he said they create an environment of uneasiness among
passengers and he recommended including e-cigarettes in the railroad’s
non-smoking policy to maintain order.
Lake County Council member Christine Cid supported the ban saying the
long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not known. Porter County
Council member Sylvia Graham agreed saying, “This is a line that should
In other business, Hanas highlighted improvements nearing completion at the
adjacent Dune Park passenger station, where the former veranda has been
converted into a high-boarding platform that extends east of the station
with warming shelters.
Hanas said dwell time at Dune Park when trains are being boarded has been
shortened to 30 or 40 seconds because all train doors open.
Electronic heating elements have been incorporated in the platform for
winter to deter snow accumulation so the use of salt can be reduced to avoid
Being installed Friday were sections of a new sidewalk from the east parking
lot to the station and the boarding platform. Light structures are installed
along the walkway, and landscaping was planted.
The NICTD board also:
* Accepted a negotiated $300,000 bid from Knorr, the sole source to
perform a brake overhaul on 10 of the 1992 passenger cars.
* Learned the new train bridge over Trail Creek east of the Michigan
City shops is completed and in use; South Bend passengers were bused during
* Adopted a resolution supporting NICTD employees who are members of a
military guard or reserve unit.
* Heard a request that Dune Park have a payphone available to the
* Heard marketing director John Parsons announce on Thank