Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), operator of the South
Shore Line railroad, has requested entry into the New Starts Engineering
phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant
(CIG) program for the West Lake Corridor Project.
This effort is
occurring in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Regional Development
Authority (RDA) and the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), which are serving
as fiscal partners, according to a statement released by NICTD on Tuesday.
The West Lake
Corridor Project is an eight-mile extension of the South Shore Line that
will provide new passenger rail service with stations in three
municipalities in Lake County: Hammond, Munster, and Dyer. Trains on the new
branch line would connect with the existing South Shore Line in north
Hammond and ultimately with the Metra Electric District line, with a final
stop at Millennium Station in downtown Chicago.
“We are thrilled to
reach this critical milestone in the FTA’s CIG program,” President and CEO
of NICTD President and CEO Michael Noland. “This submittal to the FTA is the
result of many months of hard work and dedication by the full team at NICTD,
RDA, IFA, and FTA, as well as federal, state, and local elected officials
and community members across Indiana. We are most grateful to everyone
helping to advance this project, and we look forward to obtaining a decision
from the FTA to grant us entry into this important phase of the project in
approval from FTA to enter the CIG New Starts Project Development phase for
the project on Sept. 8, 2016, NICTD and the RDA have worked closely with the
FTA to complete each of the requirements for completion of the New Starts
Project Development, including the following:
* Selection of a
locally preferred alternative.
* Adoption of LPA
into the fiscally constrained metropolitan transportation plan.
* Completion of the
NEPA environmental review process.
* Preparation of
sufficient information for FTA to develop a project rating.
* Obtain commitment
of at least 30 percent of the non-CIG funding.
* Completion of at
least 30-percent design and engineering, including documentation at
appropriate level of detail.
action, NICTD and the RDA will continue to work with state and federal
authorities on funding for the second major commuter rail expansion project
in the region, fully double-tracking the existing South Shore Line from Gary
to Michigan City.
will be game-changers for the region and the state,” said Bill Hanna,
president and CEO of the RDA. “By increasing our connectivity to Chicago,
the third-largest metro area in the country, commuter rail will drive job
creation and economic development here in Northwest Indiana, and provide a
much better opportunity for residents to compete for highpaying jobs in
Combined, West Lake
and double tracking are projected to attract approximately $2.3 billion in
private investment to Northwest Indiana, and result in an estimated 5,700
new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact by 2048.
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