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Carroll Avenue to Chicago train trips get complicated

August 18, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — The South Shore Line has announced that some Michigan City travelers headed to Chicago will have to be bused to Chesterton first, due to upcoming track upgrades.

The busing, which is only temporary, is expected to last from Aug. 20-24.

According to a South Shore statement, the changes will affect weekday train service for mid-day trains between Dune Park and Carroll Avenue. Those trains will be suspended, with buses arriving and departing with passengers to match the published Monday-Friday train schedule between Dune Park and Carroll. Buses will continue to service the Beverly Shores and 11th Street stations.

For westbound travel, Carroll Avenue passengers will board buses near the Carroll Avenue Station. Passengers will disembark the bus at Dune Park and board their normally scheduled trains for the balance of their westbound trip. Train 18 passengers will board buses from South Bend to Dune Park, where they will board their normally scheduled trains for the remainder of their westbound trips.

For eastbound travel, passengers will disembark their trains at Dune Park and board buses for the remainder of their eastbound trips.

Affected trains include weekday mid-day trains: 7, 116, 107, 18, 9, 118 and 109.

But those won’t be the only routes affected.

Weekday train service between Carroll Avenue and South Bend will also be suspended, with buses arriving and departing with passengers to match the published Monday-Friday train schedule between Carroll Avenue and South Bend.

For westbound travel, South Bend passengers will board buses located just north of the train platform at the South Bend International Airport. Passengers will disembark the bus at Carroll Avenue and board their normally scheduled trains for the balance of their westbound trips.

For eastbound travel, South Bend passengers will disembark their trains at Carroll Avenue and board a bus for the remainder of their eastbound trips, with the exception of Trains 7 and 9. Those passengers will board buses at Dune Park for the balance of their eastbound trips.

No bikes will be transported via bus for Trains 6 and 11 during this time.

Affecting trains include weekday trains 6, 14, 7, 18, 9, 20, 11, 17, 22 and 19.

Additionally, the following trains operating exclusively between South Bend and Michigan City are canceled during busing:

• Westbound trains 422 and 424

• Eastbound train 401

Bus service to and from Hudson Lake will not be available during this time. Hudson Lake passengers are encouraged to board at the Carroll Avenue station.

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