John Luke | The Times Editorial Board
Much has been written about the simple rationale for extending commuter rail service in Northwest Indiana. Everyone knows it’s about bringing Northwest Indiana residents to high-paying jobs in Chicago. But that’s far from the whole story.
Keith Benman’s series on commuter rail last week shows that expansion of South Shore service in Northwest Indiana, coupled with improvements along the existing line, has the power to bring improvements to host communities, and those benefits spread far beyond those communities.
Benman’s stories looked at how Metra stations have influenced Chicago’s Illinois suburbs.
Orland Park, for example, is seeing the benefits of transit-oriented development around the station at LaGrange Road and 143rd Street.
“This station is important to us because we are building a downtown around it,” Karie Friling, Orland Park’s director of development services, said. Read more