CHESTERTON, Ind. — Commuters in northern Indiana will be able to get on a train in South Bend and arrive in downtown Chicago in less than two hours, starting in March.
The South Shore commuter rail service plans to begin offering an express westbound train from South Bend to Chicago in the morning and as well as an eastbound train in the afternoon, The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/1JYbbzg ).
The train will depart from South Bend at 6 a.m. and arrive at Millennium Station in Chicago 1 hour and 55 minutes later. It currently takes South Shore trains 2 hours and 36 minutes to make the trip. A return express train in the afternoon will take slightly longer.
"This certainly is the wave of the future for this railroad," railroad general manager Michael Noland said. "It's what people want and it's what the strategic plan can deliver."
The express train will make only two stops in Indiana, at the Dune Park stop in Chesterton and East Chicago. Travel time from Dune Park will be cut to less than an hour, compared to the 1 hour and 19 minutes it takes now.
Three other rush-hour trains will also see reduced travel times due to fewer stops.