Lake effect snow from Lake Michigan dumped more than 25 inches on South Bend, IN this past Saturday. But, the morning in Chicago was bright and sunny. A walk from Chicago’s Greyhound station to Chicago’s Millinium Station to catch the South Shore Line to South Bend, Indiana proved to be an interesting adventure. The slide show that follows will show you interesting public transportation photos and more in Chicago and the snow at South Bend Regional Airport. The South Shore Line starts at Millinium Station and ends at the South Bend airport.
You will see a photo of the Chicago River as seen from Monroe Street. You will see the Chicago Theatre in Chicago’s Theatre District and also a CTA bus. You will see the L from Monroe Street. You will also see the beginning of a nice, clear, but cold day.
My journey back to South Bend began at Millinium subway station on the corner of Randolph and Michigan Avenue. The ticket was $10.95 and I purchased it out of the machine near the tracks. Millinium station handles Metra trains that travel throughout the Chicago area and also the South Shore Line with a variety of stops before it gets all the way to South Bend. I left Chicago at 8:45 a.m.
There was an announcement while on board. “There is three feet of snow in South Bend,” the train attendant said on the loudspeaker. It just didn’t seem possible. I went to ask another train attendant if he might be kidding. The man said, no. He wasn’t kidding.
Somewhere before we got to Michigan City we saw snow on the ground. You will see a photo in the slide show of the train shelter at Carroll Avenue in Michigan City, IN. There is definately snow, but nothing compared to just 40 minutes to the east in South Bend. When the train pulled into South Bend, the announcer said: “I was wrong about the three feet of snow. There is only two and a half.” I like the humor of these public transit people. They do the same routes over and over every day, many of them. If you travel commuter rail, Amtrak trains, buses and streetcars often, you start to get a sense of their humor and how it must be to have that job. The announcement of how much snow was not just some scientific measurement of snow for us passengers, but it was a way of adding some spontaneity of emotion to co-workers and passengers alike. I love this part of taking public transit…to get to know how it must be to work with the public. I have often thought I would love to work for the South Shore Line or for Amtrak. But, until and if then, I will share with you some of my adventures on various routes.
Well, enjoy the show.