Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) recently gave an update on the South Shore Line Double Track NWI Project.

The NICTD Double Track Northwest Indiana Project includes construction of 26.6 miles of new second track between Gary and Michigan City along NICTD’s existing South Shore Line.

Construction began in 2021 on this $649 million major infrastructure investment.

The project is slated to reach completion in May 2024 on schedule.

Elements of the project include approximately two miles of completely new right-of-way in Michigan City, platform reconfigurations at five stations, construction of 1,475 additional parking spaces, a new overhead catenary power system, and reconstruction of 22 at-grade crossings and 20 culverts.

NICTD says the project will greatly improve safety along the entire alignment, especially in Michigan City where the new alignment has removed the street-running track, eliminated 13 grade crossings, and provided a safer environment for passengers boarding trains.

As of March 25, construction is largely complete. Final testing and commissioning of the line is now occurring. The team anticipates resumption of currently-scheduled train service, including the elimination of the bus bridges needed during construction, on April 9, 2024.

NICTD expects to add the new Double Track service, which includes a schedule that adds 14 new trains every weekday, in May 2024. A Ribbon Cutting ceremony is being planned in conjunction with the Governor’s Office in May 2024.