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  by railroaddumdum49
What is happening at the helm of the "orange rocket line"?
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  by justalurker66
Direct link to article in PDFs above:

Yagelski: NICTD bill is attempt at Lake County takeover
http://thenewsdispatch.com/articles/201 ... 024147.txt

CHESTERTON — A bill proposing to change the makeup of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Board is causing concern among the current board members about fair representation and a Lake County takeover.

La Porte County Councilman Mark Yagelski, NICTD’s new board chairman, said Friday the bill, filed by Rep. Mara Candelaria-Reardon, a Democrat who represents Munster, is an attempt by Lake County to take over supervision of the South Shore commuter rail line.

The bill proposes to give mayors in the most populous cities served by the South Shore, or their designates, seats on the board, and eliminating representatives from each of the four counties the rail line travels through.

The bill has been referred to the House Roads and Transportation Committee. It would call for four new members from the county in the district with the largest population to be placed on the board, which is Lake County. Seats would go to the mayor of the largest city north of U.S. 6 (Hammond); the mayor of the second-largest city north of U.S. 6 (Gary); the mayor of the third-largest city located north of U.S. 6 (East Chicago); the mayor of the largest city south of U.S. 6 (Hobart); the mayor of the largest city in a county in a district with the second largest population (Portage); and the mayor in the second largest city (Valparaiso).

Yeah, lets not do this. While it makes some sense to be more represented by the areas that provide the highest ridership, such a makeup would be detrimental to the eastern counties. Would the four Lake county reps vote to improve Michigan City and South Bend service?
  by dinwitty
South Bend may have fewer trains but the weekend service often is packed trains.

It doesnt make sense especially when NICTD is planning expansion, the bill is shortsighted, the expansion areas will need representation.
  by justalurker66
The takeover has been averted ... but they will study it instead ...

South Shore study on track to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers would be required to examine the future of the South Shore Line and its operating board under legislation approved Monday by the Indiana Senate.

House Bill 1450, which now goes to the governor, obligates the General Assembly's transportation study committee meeting this summer to take an in-depth look at South Shore funding and potential expansion into south Lake County.

The panel also would review the board membership of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, initially proposed giving Lake County a majority on the NICTD board since Lake County residents make up the majority of South Shore riders.

However, she agreed to replace that legislation with a study committee to better analyze the economic benefits of transit-oriented development throughout the region.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt ... a2cd0.html
  by Tadman
Hopefully it gets put in line with the next Michigan City re-route "study", which means execution on any such plan will occur roughly around the time Harry Carey replaces currency with hotdogs...