End of the Line for Railway?

South Bend is seeking to permanently shut down a stretch of railway that winds from the west side of the city, to the University of Notre Dame.

The request to close the line follows the recent attempts of a private company to resume service there.

The line is best known as the “old school” way that the university used to take delivery of coal.

The practice apparently stopped about ten years ago.

The city has now filed a petition with the federal government’s Surface Transportation Board to permanently shut down the track.

The main concern is safety, according to City Attorney Chuck Leone: “there was a concern about integrity of the trestle over the St. Joseph River.”

The tracks run very close to some residential neighborhoods.

It also runs across city streets and alleys where the crossings aren’t clearly marked.

The city’s petition to close the tracks is now open for public comment.

A final decision is expected in March.

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