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Findings of bikes-on-trains study to be discussed at public meeting July 16

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The findings of a feasibility study on the ways and means of allowing bicycles on South Shore commuter trains will be presented to the public at a meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. July 16, at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitors Center.

The study was conducted by Quandel Consultants LLC, in partnership with LTK Engineering Services and The McCormick Group. Its focus: the potential for adapting existing South Shore cars to accommodate bike transport for rail passengers.

The study assessed the current rolling stock and present fleet; identified the requirements, opportunities, and barriers to instituting bike access; proposed solutions to potential problems, estimated costs, and--finally--recommended a course of action.

The feasibility study was co-sponsored by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, and Save the Dunes. It was funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and a generous local match provided by NICTD, ArcelorMittal, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Regional Development Authority, NIPSCO, the Greenways Foundation, and Porter and LaPorte county governments.

A Project Advisory Committee has been receiving and reviewing the draft components of the study as they've been completed. Committee members include Nicole Barker of Save the Dunes, John Parsons of NICTD, Beverly Shores Town Council Member Geof Benson, NIRPC Commissioner Jan Dick, and LeAaron Foley of the National Parks Conservation Association.

For more information, contact NIRPC staffer Belinda Petroskey at (219) 763-6060, ext. 132, or bpetroskey@nirpc.org. TTY users may call 711.

 

Posted 6/11/2015