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South Shore Line offers free shuttle service to the beach for another season

In partnership with the National Park Service and the Dunes Learning Center, the South Shore Line’s (SSL) free shuttle bus service to Miller beaches will resume Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning Saturday, May 27, the Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle will resume service for the third consecutive year from the SSL’s Miller station. It will be free of charge to SSL riders and will provide quick, easy access to Lake Street Beach, Marquette Park and Beach, and the Douglas Center.

“We are very excited to be offering this free service to our riders for another season,” said Nicole Barker, Director of Capital Investment and Implementation at South Shore Line. “Northwest Indiana has some amazing beaches, and this shuttle provides people from Chicago to South Bend a convenient way to enjoy an escape right in their own backyard.”

The shuttle service will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer and on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. And, with kids 13 years of age and under riding free on all weekend trains, fun in the sun has never been more affordable.

For more information and train schedules, discounts, and to plan a trip, visit, or download the SSL app (available for iPhone and Android).

The South Shore Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Bend International Airport in South Bend, Indiana.

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.

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