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The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad (CSS) announced a contract agreement with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) to add 17 miles of double track to enhance CSS freight and NICTD commuter operations.
The $300 million double-track project is expected to be completed by April 2024. The work involves doubling South Shore Line track between Gary and Michigan City, Indiana.
Once the project is completed, the full 25-mile stretch will be double tracked. The project is funded by federal, state and private funds.
All three organizations will be conducting land transfers. The project will enable CSS to conduct switching operations where there is currently a single-track mainline that creates a bottleneck on the route. CSS will use NIPSCO’s idle Bailly Generation Station property to foster business in northern Indiana.
“Ultimately, the upgrade and land swap will increase growth possibilities for [our] freight customers," said CSS President Todd Bjornstad in a press release.
An affiliate of Anacostia Rail Holdings, CSS operates 127 miles of track in Chicago and northern Indiana.