Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (NICTD)

South Bend Airport Station

The end of the line for eastbound trains, the South Shore Line operates from a high level platform at the east end of the South Bend Airport.

The platform, looking east down the line to Chicago.
(Yes, Chicago is west of South Bend. The South Shore Line loops around to approach the station.)
The platform, looking west toward the terminal building.
The ticket office inside the terminal. Open 6:15am to 1:40pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket machines are also at this station, plus tickets can be purchased on the train. Free curbside "Kiss and Ride" parking is available next to the station but vehicles MUST remain attended. Short term airport parking allows the first 30 minutes free. Along with the airport's Short and Long term parking there is a special lot for South Shore Line passengers ($1.00/ 18 hrs, no overnight parking). The photo on the left was taken in 1998. The photo on the right shows the new ticket machines installed in 2009.
South Bend Airport Website

The Future?
In 2006 the South Bend Regional Airport put forward an expansion plan that included relocating the South Shore Line to enter the airport from the west instead of from the east. Portions of this plan have already been accomplished, including the relocation of Lincolnway West east of Mayflower Rd and the extension of the north-south runway to the south. The proposed alignment can be seen on the map below (a portion of a presentation formerly on the airport website). Although moving slowly, NICTD and the airport hope to receive funding for the $15 million dollar rail relocation project in 2012 and be able to complete the project in 2013. The rail relocation will trim 8-10 minutes off of the length of time it takes for a train to enter South Bend.

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