Commuter Rail Expansion Will Make it Easer to Keep Just One Foot in Chicago

The recent offers from various towns in the region to pay you cash to leave Chicago and work from a new home may have you thinking about snuggling up to a new ZIP Code.  As luck would have it, the South Shore Line is adding eight miles of track to its system, which will eventually allow you to sit back and relax while you very rarely commute between downtown Chicago’s Millennium Station and ZIP Codes such as the legendary 46324, exotic 46321, and the far-flung 46311.  

For those of you who aren’t Cliff Calvin, that’s 173rd Street in South Hammond, Ridge Road in Munster, and Main Street in Dyer.

The very approximate route of the new West Lake Corridor rail expansion (via Apple Maps)
The very approximate route of the new West Lake Corridor rail expansion (via Apple Maps)

Groundbreaking was held recently for the rail expansion project called the West Lake Corridor.  It’s expected to cost 85% of a billion dollars by the time it opens in 2025.  The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District describes it this way:

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Seriously.  That’s what’s on its web site.  So we’ll translate: This is a way for more places in Lake County, Indiana to lure people in who want to combine their high-paying Chicago jobs with Indiana tax rates.  It’ll also connect more people to South Bend International Airport, which is an airport, but has no international flights.

A South Shore train trundles through Michigan City (File)
A South Shore train trundles through Michigan City (File)

However, SBN does allow you to jet off to places like Saint Petersburg, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas.  Or just take a flight right back to O’Hare in Chicago.  Useful if you like taking off and landing, but can’t stand the boredom of cruising.  Some people are just into flight safety videos.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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