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NICTD West Lake Corridor Project receives favorable grant rating from FTA

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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) has received a favorable rating of Medium High for its West Lake Corridor Project.

The rating was released on Friday as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s annual report.

In order to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Capital Investment Grant Program, a project must receive a rating of Medium or higher.

NICTD is leading the effort with its funding partners from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA).

Over the next year, NICTD will select a firm to design the project, commence real estate acquisition and utility relocation, and complete all necessary actions to receive funding from the FTA. NICTD anticipates awarding a construction contract in the spring of 2020, with the start of construction later that year.

“This is an exciting moment in time for the West Lake Corridor Project,” NICTD President Michael Noland said. “Achieving an eligible rating is an important milestone, and it reflects the hard work put in by the NICTD, RDA, and IFA teams, as well as our congressional delegation in Washington, our local elected officials, and many stakeholders.”

“This action taken by the Federal Transit Administration is outstanding news for the Northwest Indiana economy and would not have happened without the steadfast support of Gov. Holcomb, Sen. Young and our federal representatives, our state representatives, Lake County and the 14 participating towns and cities, and the leadership of the RDA and NICTD,” U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, said in a statement released separately on Friday. “As the appropriations process moves forward for Fiscal Year 2020, I will continue to support full funding for the Capital Investment Grant Program. I will also continue to aggressively advocate for the same success for the Double Track project. Today, our economic future has been brightened.”

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Posted 3/18/2019




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