Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Final South Shore weekend outage set for Oct. 31-Nov. 2

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The South Shore in northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outage is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2009.  South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, thru 3:00 a.m. Monday, November 2.

The South Shore will operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.

NICTD is beginning Phase 2 of its overhead wire modernization program, which is between Michigan City and Gary. The overhead wire, or catenary, supplies electricity for train propulsion. This $18-million, three-year project will replace more than100 miles of electrical conductor, some of which dates back to the 1920s. This wire is old and brittle and subject to failure. These failures are the single leading cause of significant service disruptions and lengthy train delays.

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