Chesterton Tribune



South Shore fare to go up 5 percent on July 1

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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s Board of Trustees voted on Friday, May 18, to approve a 5-percent across-the-board fare increase effective Sunday, July 1.

The increase follows five public hearings held in April in Porter, Lake, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties, as well as the receipt through May 11 of public input from South Shore passengers and other stakeholders. The board heard a summary of the comments received prior to their vote at its meeting Friday.

“This fare increase is being implemented to help financially support the critical Positive Train Control (PTC) project that is currently underway not only at our railroad, but at railroads across the United States,” NICTD President Michael Noland said. “We valued the comments received from our passengers, as they help us better understand their concerns and values. While we did hear from some people opposing the increase, the fact that it is focused on safety improvements also brought in positive comments from riders.”

Earlier this year Noland told the Chesterton Tribune that revenues from the fare hike will be used to offset the estimated $1.5 to $2 million in new annual expenses associated with PTC, including the hiring of as many as 10 new technicians to operate it.

The most recent South Shore commuter line fare hike took effect on July 1, 2017: it was the second phase of a two-phase 5-percent increase enacted to raise additional revenues--estimated at $1 million annually--to be used exclusively for capital projects and investments.


Posted 5/21/2018





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