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Visclosky promotes expansion of South Shore in comments to Steel Caucus

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released the transcript of his statement on Tuesday to the Congressional Steel Caucus, in a hearing on the state of the domestic industry.

An excerpt from that statement:

“I believe that we must do more to invest in our manufacturing base and our transportation infrastructure, and for the past six months I have been working non-stop to expand a commuter rail line, the South Shore Rail Line, from Chicago into Northwest Indiana. Work started on this expansion in 1987, and today we are so very close to seeing this project come to fruition.

“Between 1970 and 2012, the population of Lake County fell by 9.6 percent, the median income decreased by 15.3 percent, and the median age increased by 43 percent. The result is that we are fewer, poorer, and older. By providing a robust transportation infrastructure system that is connected to Chicago, we will increase our ability to access the city's $500 billion economy and four million jobs. We will then begin to draw that economic vibrancy to our region.

“Many of our children and other talented and ambitious young people are choosing to live in areas that provide a comprehensive transportation network, including Chicago and its environs in Illinois. Expanding our transportation network in Northwest Indiana will make the region more competitive in terms of attracting not only new residents, but also attracting new businesses that are seeking locations that offer quality educational, recreational, and transportation opportunities for their employees and their families.

“In Northwest Indiana and in areas throughout our country, it is imperative that we invest in transformational infrastructure projects. I appreciate the great work that you do to provide for transportation infrastructure projects and the jobs the stem from their construction and use thereafter. I believe that the South Shore expansion will create jobs forever, and I believe that the steel industry and manufacturing industry will inherently benefit from that job creation. We need to do this project and the countless other generational transformational infrastructure projects that are needed throughout our country.”



Posted 3/26/2014