Article from Trailsforillinois.org
Yeah, that’s been the story for a year and a half, now: the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transit District (NICTD), which operates the South Shore commuter rail, has formally opposed the planned, engineered & paid for Burnham Greenway gap connection from crossing railroad tracks the South Shore uses near Hegewisch in Chicago.
Busy Burnham Avenue and its sidewalks cross the tracks now, as do more than 12,000 vehicles a day, residents walking and biking to the South Shore’s own Hegewisch train station, and Burnham Greenway users navigating the street and sidewalk across the 2-mile gap to make the Chicago lakefront to Lansing, Illinois connection. The planned trail reconstructs the existing sidewalk into a 10′ wide paved trail, and adds trail crossing gates and safety bollards at the tracks (currently there are no safety precautions for sidewalk users crossing the tracks).
The gap segment received more than $5 million in construction funding in 2014 that should have employed people and resulted in a completed, contiguous Burnham Greenway by now. But NICTD, which recently has received a bounty of accolades for its new (and to be fair very, very cool) South Shore bike service, filed opposition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on the grounds of safety.