The Board of
Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) has
approved grant agreements with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation
District (NICTD) to advance commuter rail expansion in Northwest Indiana.
On Thursday the RDA
board unanimously approved a $20 million grant agreement with NICTD,
operator of the South Shore commuter rail system, for costs associated with
entering the project development phase of the West Lake Corridor expansion.
The board originally voted to provide the grant in August 2016.
Also approved was
an agreement with NICTD for a $1.6 million matching grant to help fund $4
million in preliminary engineering and environmental work for the South
Shore double tracking project. This grant was awarded last April.
“The West Lake
Corridor and Double Tracking projects are projected to have a transformative
effect on Northwest Indiana, attracting an estimated 11,000 new residents
and about $1.9 billion in private investment over the next 20 years,” the
information, download the RDA's updated Comprehensive Strategic Plan at