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South Bend to Chicago Aboard the Sunrise Express

Friday, April 10, 2015

The early train, which is intended largely for business travelers, commuters, or those who flew in from one of the many new flights offered at South Bend International airport, carries passengers with only two stops: Dune Park in Chesterton and East Chicago. Previously, trains out of South Bend made stops at as many as 14 stations between the two cities.

“Our growth as a railroad will depend on reducing travel times to Chicago, and that starts in South Bend and goes all the way to the city,” said Michael Noland, general manager of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the train. “This type of service really is the wave of the future for the South Shore.”

The new line departs at 6 a.m. at South Bend International airport and arrives at Chicago’s Millennium Station in less than two hours. That’s comparable to driving and parking but cheaper and without any of the stress or traffic. It’s also more than a 40-minute improvement over the transit time previously experienced by passengers.

Ultimately, the railroad aims to further reduce that travel time to 90 minutes.

Michael Noland, General Manager
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District


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