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Commissioner Good, R-Center, to represent county on new NICTD board

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Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced his appointments to the newly restructured Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board.

Representing Porter County will be County Commissioner Jeff Good, R-Center, who replaces on the NICTD board fellow Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, and County Council Member Dan Whitten, D-at large.

The other local representatives: Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson (Lake County); St. Joseph County Commissioner Andrew Kostielney; and Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer (LaPorte County).

Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuiness will serve as chair and fifth member of the board.

NICTD is responsible for maintaining and improving the South Shore commuter line; which operates between the Michiana Regional Airport in South Bend and Millennium Station in Chicago. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda includes double-tracking the South Shore line and extending rail service along the West Lake corridor, from Hammond to Dyer. “Improved rail service has the ability to attract new residents to northwest Indiana and grow the area’s economy by connecting the region to the nation’s third-largest city,” according to a statement released after deadline on Tuesday.

The new state budget, which Gov. Holcomb signed into law last month, doubles the state’s investment in the South Shore by dedicating $185 million more to the projects and includes an additional $20 million in a contingency fund. The restructuring improves coordination with local, state, and federal agencies.



Posted 5/29/2019





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