South Shore Rail Seeks Comments on Fare Increases

One-way trip from South Bend to downtown Chicago could be raised by 60 cents to $11.75

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    The agency running the South Shore commuter railway is holding public hearings on a proposed 5 percent fare increase starting next month.

    The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District also might change its policy for active-duty military personnel to charge them half-fare instead of letting them ride for free.

    The district scheduled hearings Tuesday in Gary, Wednesday in Chesterton and Thursday in Hammond. The district's board is scheduled to consider the proposals Jan. 27.

    District spokesman John Parsons says the changes would offset operating losses. He says fares cover less than half the cost of running the trains. He says state and federal funding help pay operating costs.

    The fare increase would raise the cost of a one-way trip from South Bend to downtown Chicago by 60 cents to $11.75.