Veteran railroad executive Noland guiding South Shore's transformation
When Michael Noland expressed interest in becoming general manager of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District three years ago, among the materials the operator of the South Shore Line sent him was its 20-year Strategic Business Plan.
"They're usually laden with a lot of planners' terms, things that are not always realistic," Noland said about similar plans. But NICTD's included ambitious projects to extend the line southward, to modernize its central stretch, and to reroute its eastern end in South Bend.
"These are great projects," Noland recalled thinking. "These all make sense; these all need to get done."