The report describes a study of passenger transportation service in Northwestern Indiana South Bend to Chicago. The objective of the study was to determine the appropriate transportation service that would meet the travel needs of the residents of Northwestern Indiana including St. Joseph, La Porte, Porter and Lake counties. The transportation corridor is defined by existing public transportation and highway facilities in the area from South Bend, Indiana, to Chicago, Illinois. A summary of the history of commuter transportation in the corridor is presented herein. Estimates of the number of railroad and other trips that would be made in the corridor in 1980, 1990, and the year 2000 are made. Nine options for providing commuter transportation in the corridor were presented and evaluated in the terms of environmental criteria, quality of service, economic and financial factors, and special factors. The study recommends that the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend passenger service be continued. The study found that the South Shore is the most energy efficient, the safest, and fastest, and the least costly mode of commuter transportation in the corridor. In addition, it does not increase the congestion of highways or parking problems in downtown Chicago. It has positive economic effects on and is essential to the efforts to decrease air pollution in the heavily industrialized area. Finally, the study found that the continuation of the South Shore would have positive effects on recreation at the National Lakeshore Park and the proposed multimodal terminal at St. Joseph County airport.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Indiana University, Bloomington

    Institute for Urban Transportation
    Bloomington, IN  United States  47405

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Shlay, D
    • Gil, H
    • Mullins, C J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 232 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-09-0062-79-1Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM