Wednesday, March 25, 2009

South Shore seeks to add weekend trains

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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) will add frequency and capacity to its weekend South Shore service between South Bend, Ind., and Chicago, citing overcrowding and delays to current service.

NICTD says it wants to add an evening departure from Chicago at 9:15 p.m.; it also will add cars to trains departing from Chicago on weekend mornings. NICTD also seeks to add a morning express inbound to Chicago from South Bend.

NICTD spokesman John Parsons said weekend on-time performance is only 53%, due in part to the increase in weekend ridership totaling 600,000 in 2008, up from roughly 400,000 in 2004. NICTD’s Board of Directors will consider approving the proposed changes on Friday.