SOUTH BEND, Ind.
(AP) - Some Indiana residents may lose their homes to make way for the
realignment of a rail line.
The South Bend
Tribune reported that the proposed South Shore Line route near the South
Bend International Airport is projected to cost up to $25 million.
The line would cut
10 minutes off the trip to the airport by taking a more direct route through
an area that contains hundreds of homes.
The rail line’s
operator, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, has hired
design firm DLZ to recommend a route through the area.
Residents will have
the opportunity to give feedback at a public meeting later this year or
early next year, said Mike Noland, president of the South Shore Line. Noland
expects the design firm will create four to eight potential routes before
recommending one to the transportation district board.
“At the end of the
day, no matter what we do, it will require some property acquisition to make
this happen,” Noland said. “We believe strongly that this change will
benefit the citizens of the region for 100 years.”
Area resident Glenn
Road said he doesn’t want to see the neighborhood disturbed.
“Nobody wants their
neighborhood upset unless they’re looking to move anyway and make a bunch of
money from it, which usually doesn’t happen anyway. It’s the best
neighborhood I’ve lived in for a long time,” he said.
The realignment is
part of a larger $290 million project to double track 16 miles between
Michigan City and Gary. It has an expected completion date of 2020.
The airport and
railroad had planned a similar project in 2005.
The airport bought
several area properties before shelving the project because of lack of