NICTD Board OKs Long-Term Business Plan
June 2, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media —
The NICTD board approved its 20-Year Strategic Business Plan that includes a $1.5 billion dollar investment over the 20 years and includes everything from routine maintenance to realigning routes on the South Shore commuter rail line and improving the three stations that serve Gary. The plan also includes the commuter line’s $571 million West Lake extension, south from Hammond into Munster and Dyer.
The board on Friday also approved a bid for about $1 million to upgrade the electrical substation that serves the South Shore commuter line’s Portage-Ogden Dunes station.
The commuter rail line also rolled out its new South Shore mobile ticketing app through the App Store and Googleplay. Riders can then purchase tickets in advance of a trip, store it on a device, and activate it when they board the train. In a survey conducted last year, more then 70% of South Shore riders have SmartPhones. NICTD expects mobile ticketing will grow in popularity and will be constantly working on upgrades to the app to to offer a reliable way to purchase tickets