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Another federal green light for South Shore line doubletrack project

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on its review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South Shore commuter line’s Double Track NWI (DT-NWI) Project.

“This is a significant milestone for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) that gives them the green light to continue developing this regionally transformational project,” NICTD said in a statement released today. “The project will result in reduced travel time, more frequent train service, improved safety, and expanded connectivity between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.” “The team at NICTD has worked hard to minimize the project’s impact on the natural and human environment for the past two years,” said Michael Noland, president of South Shore line. “We are thrilled to reach this critically important milestone and advance the project in the Capital Investment Grant process with the FTA,” he added.

The FONSI, which was signed by FTA Regional Administrator, Kelley Brookins on Nov. 1, 2018, is the environmental capstone decision-making document for the project, NICTD said. “The FONSI outlines the determinations and findings of the environmental analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and includes information about the selection and modification of the preferred alternative, analysis of impacts, environmental commitments, and responses to public comments.”

The FONSI is available for review at and at NICTD’s offices at 33 E. U.S. 12.

Under the project, a second track would be constructed between Virginia Street in Gary and E. Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City, the South Shore line along 10th and 11th Streets in Michigan City would be re-aligned, and 21 at-grade crossings will be closed. It would also enhance the Gary/Miller, Portage/Ogden Dunes, Dune Park, Beverly Shores, and 11th Street (Michigan City) Stations.



Posted 11/2/2018




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