Dune Park (NICTD station)

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Dune Park
Dune Park Station Porter Indiana.jpg
Dune Park Station
Station statistics
Address 33 East U.S. Highway 12
Chesterton, Indiana
Coordinates 41°38′41″N 87°3′39″W / 41.64472°N 87.06083°W / 41.64472; -87.06083
Line(s)
Connections V-Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking Yes; free for passengers
Bicycle facilities Yes; bike rack
Other information
Opened 1985
Electrified Yes (1500v DC)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by NICTD
Fare zone 6
Services
Preceding station   NICTD   Following station
South Shore Line

Dune Park is a station in unincorporated Porter County, Indiana located north of the municipalities of Chesterton and Porter. It is used by South Shore Line trains, and serves as the headquarters of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), the umbrella agency that operates the South Shore Line. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Indiana State Road 49.

Usage[edit]

Unloading at Dune Park

Dune Park is a comparatively new station, built in 1985 to serve as a regional commuter station and as NICTD's corporate headquarters. The station was designed to replace the South Shore's former nearby station at Tremont, Indiana, a location that was becoming depopulated with the expansion of the nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Dune Park station was built with substantial parking space to consolidate local commuter service, and in 1992 the South Shore Line ceased to offer its traditional flag stop service to Dune Acres and Kemil Road, several miles west and east of Dune Park respectively. Users of these low-volume stops were instructed to instead use the consolidated Dune Park station.

South Shore train at station

"Dune Park" is so called because it the station is physically surrounded by land owned by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Major units of the National Lakeshore are accessible from the station on U.S. 12 and the Calumet Trail. The station is also adjacent to the Indiana Dunes State Park, which is accessible to the north via Indiana 49.

Dune Park was also the name of a former section of the Indiana Dunes, between Ogden Dunes, Indiana and Dune Acres, that was physically leveled in the 1960s to create the Port of Indiana steelmaking and industrial complex.

Bus connections[edit]

V-Line

  • Orange Line (Friday-Sunday only)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°38′41″N 87°3′39″W / 41.64472°N 87.06083°W / 41.64472; -87.06083