South Shore Line Resumes Normal Schedules

The South Shore Line resumed normal service on Monday after operating reduced schedules since March 23.

The commuter carrier that operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said it will continue to continue to seek to protect the health of passengers and employees by requiring passengers to wear masks on train cars and at stations, asking them to practice social distancing when possible, and encouraging them to use hand sanitizer stations in each car.

However, the South Shore said one car on each train will allow passengers to forgo wearing a mask if they so choose.

“We want everybody to be safe,” said Michael Noland, the South Shore Line’s president.

South Shore has also resumed its Bikes on Trains program with bike racks available in select cars on designated trains.

Noland said South Shore ridership dipped to a low of 5 percent of normal at the depth of the pandemic and of late has been averaging 10 percent of normal.

“It’s going to be lean for a while,” he said. “It’s not like turning on a light switch.”

Most passengers who have ridden during the pandemic have been health-care workers and people going to Chicago for medical appointments.

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