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South Bend Redevelopment Commission approves South Shore re-route study

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South Bend to Chicago in only 90 minutes. That's the goal of re-routing the South Shore.

South Bend is now dedicating time and money to figure out the best way to do it. The city will spend the next three months looking at options.

The South Bend Redevelopment Commission approved spending over a $100,000 on the study. It will weigh the pros and cons of different locations for the train station, including the original plan.

That plan would move the station to the west side of the airport, eliminating up to 40 homes in the Ardmore neighborhood.

"We hear the whistles every night and all day long. We just don't want them going through here disrupting our neighborhood,” said neighbor, Bob Danner.

The South Shore re-route would save 10 to 15 minutes going through the Ardmore neighborhood and stop on the west of the airport instead of going around.

But for neighbors, those 10 minutes are not worth having to move.

"I'm home. I feel comfortable here. This is where I live,” Danner said.

Danner is one of dozens of neighbors who have joined together in orange shirts-- making sure the city knows this is not the plan they want.

The city is putting the project on hold to do a detailed study on all options.

"The whole point of this is to make sure that we've done the due diligence, that we've look at all of those potential impacts and then also all the benefits that could come to this project and take a real long-term view of this,” said Public Works Director, Eric Horvath.

That doesn't take the original plan off the table and neighbors are hoping the numbers are on their side.

"With the study, I think they're going to find there's a much better way to spend their money than uprooting homes and messing up people's lives,” Danner said. "We didn't want them shoving a rail road down our throats without some kind of studies being done."

Horvath says this will be open process and results of the study will be shared with the public. South Shore and the city will then analyze all the data and make a final decision.

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