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Visclosky lauds South Shore West Lake study, says there is more work to do

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement on Friday, following the release of the South Shore West Lake Corridor project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

“I want to thank the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, the Federal Transit Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, Gov. Pence, members of the Indiana General Assembly, particularly our Northwest Indiana delegation, and the local communities who have supported this investment in the future of our region and who have made today’s announcement possible.

“It is an important announcement and a key benchmark to expanding commuter rail in Northwest Indiana.

“However, there is more work to do. There remain four communities in Lake County that have yet to fully and financially commit to supporting this transformational investment.

“There is more work to do. There remains the request to the Federal Transit Administration for federal funds that must be prepared to our best ability, filed, and approved.

“There is more work to do. There are outstanding decisions and requests that must be made to support this expansion as a part of our efforts to establish a coordinated regional transportation system that includes the double tracking of the South Shore line from Gary to Michigan City and a robust bus network.

“I am proud to be here on a day that acknowledges our ability to make transformational investments when we collaborate and work together with the common purpose to create new jobs for current residents and future generations.

“But there is more work to do. Not next week or next year or in the next few months. There is more work to do right now.”


Posted 12/19/2016




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