I think the point we need to remember is the hotshots weren't really an "express" train, just a load balancing train.
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Tadman wrote:I think the point we need to remember is the hotshots weren't really an "express" train, just a load balancing train.True. The printed schedules of the South Shore did not denote those trains any different than other trains. When the trains were announced online the PDF schedules referred to them as "LIMITED" trains. The notice posted 4-22-09 referred to the arrangement as limited and skip-stop trains.
TRAIN 11 TO CHANGE PLATFORM ALIGNMENT AT EAST CHICAGO
Effective September 13, 2010
Eastbound Train 11, departing Millennium Station at 4:02 p.m., will no longer open the first two cars when discharging passengers at East Chicago. If you are traveling to East Chicago please remain in cars 3 thru 8.
We are making this change to enable passengers traveling east of Michigan City to occupy the first two cars of the train.
justalurker66 wrote:Express trains are returning!This is good news. Must mean ridership has increased enough at those stations to justify them having their own train. It'll be interesting to see how loaded they are or not.
The South Shore commuter railroad is launching a pilot express train service March 16 in response to calls for speedier trips to Chicago.
Mike Noland, general manager for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District, which operates the South Shore, told the NICTD board Friday the train will originate in South Bend and make just two other stops — at Dune Park in Chesterton and East Chicago.
The train will originate in South Bend and 6 a.m. (EST), arrive at Dune Park at 5:56 a.m. (CST) and East Chicago at 6:17 a.m.
A train will also return eastward as an express, leaving Millennium Park at 3:57 p.m., but it will make an additional stop at the Museum campus.
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The board also approved an amendment to its trackage rights agreement with Metra in Chicago. In four months, NICTD will start paying Metra $12,500 per train for its new Sunrise Express into Chicago and its companion train that returns to South Bend in the evening.
Milwaukee_F40C wrote:Per train? That seems insane. Does train revenue even come close to $12,500?I am assuming that it is a monthly fee per train added ... not a per trip fee.