“Hammond agreed to pay for a station . . .we can’t start construction until South Shore is up and running.”
May 29, 2019-At a presentation regarding a redevelopment plan for Downtown Hammond last night, Mayor McDermott outlined plans for Hammond residents to construct a train station downtown Hammond. The proposed station was removed from the South Shore after Mayor McDermott suggested a “gateway” station in Hammond. Mayor McDermott did not discuss the possible costs of the station, but made it clear that Hammond residents would pay for the construction. The Mayor stated that construction could not begin until the “South Shore is up and running.” A downtown Hammond station would mean the 8 mile train would have 5 stops.
The Gateway Station rerouted the train, keeping more construction in Hammond according to Mayor McDermott. The Gateway Station will allow residents to travel to Chicago or switch trains in Hammond to travel to points east such as the Gary Airport, Michigan City or South Bend. Prior to Mayor McDermott’s gateway plan, residents would have had to travel downtown to change trains and head east on the route. Mayor McDermott expressed confidence that the West Lake Extension would be fully funded and construction would begin soon. “NICTD (operator of the South Shore) is in the process of evaluating and acquiring properties” McDermott explained.