South Bend gets first look at South Shore station options

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A South Shore Line train snakes toward its destination, the South Bend Airport, in March 2018.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A consulting firm has presented five proposals for a new South Shore Line commuter station in South Bend, with estimated costs ranging from $23.9 million to $102 million for a facility that could help cut up to a half-hour off travel times to Chicago.

The five options, presented by the AECOM infrastructure firm, were presented to the South Bend Common Council on Thursday evening, according to an report.

The South Shore currently makes a slow, circuitous route to reach its terminal at the South Bend airport, requiring roughly 10 minutes for the last two miles. A new station at the airport, reached by a more direct route, would cost an estimated $29.5. Other options presented were:

— The former Honeywell site south of the airport on North Bendix Drive, $23.9 million.
— The South Bend Amtrak station, $31 million.
— The former South Bend Chocolate Factory site on U.S. Route 20, $44 million.
— The former downtown Union Station site, $102 million.

The full AECOM study is available here.

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