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
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
information, contact NIRPC staffer Belinda Petroskey at (219) 763-6060, ext.
132, or firstname.lastname@example.org. TTY users may call 711.