Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South
Shore commuter line railroad, has formally requested entry into the New
Starts engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA)
Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for the Double Track Northwest
This project is a
priority for Governor Eric Holcomb, the Northwest Indiana Regional
Development Authority (RDA), and the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA).
The Double Track
project includes installation of a second main line track from Gary to
Michigan City, including 17 miles of new track, four new bridges, station
and parking improvements at five South Shore stations, street-running track
removal, new track installation that is separated from the roadway in
Michigan City and closes 21 at-grade crossings in Michigan City. “These
investments will deliver reliability, shorter travel times, increased
frequency and enhanced safety,” NICTD said.
“The Double Track
project will transform the physical and economic landscape of the Northwest
Indiana region and catalyze growth in communities served by the South Shore
Line,” NICTD President and CEO Michael Noland said. “This project is
uniquely positioned to move forward with federal support because our
exemplary partnership model includes local and state investment.”
NICTD and its
partners have worked closely with the FTA to deliver on the requirements for
the CIG program, including the following:
-- Selected a
locally preferred alternative.
-- Adopted local
partnership agreements into the fiscally constrained metropolitan
-- Completed the
environmental review process.
sufficient information for FTA to develop a project rating.
commitment of at least 30 percent of the non-CIG funding.
-- Completed at
least 30 percent design and engineering, including documentation at
appropriate level of detail.
and its partners continue working with state and federal partners to advance
the second major commuter rail expansion project in the region -- the West
Lake Corridor project -- an eight-mile extension of the South Shore Line
from Hammond to Dyer.
will be game-changers for the region and the state,” RDA President and CEO
Bill Hanna said. “By increasing our connectivity to Chicago, the
third-largest metro area in the country, commuter rail will drive job
creation and economic development in Northwest Indiana.”
According to the
most recent update of the RDA’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan, the Double
Track and West Lake Corridor projects may attract approximately $2.3 billion
in private investment to northwest Indiana, create more than 6,000 new jobs
and provide $3 billion in economic impact by 2048.
More information is
at doubletrack-nwi.com or nictdwestlake.com