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NICTD Honored for Environmental Documentation

November 12, 2019

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District was honored by the Federal Transit Administration for excellence in environmental documentation for its West Lake Corridor project in Northwest Indiana.

In a news release, NICTD said it was recognized for preparing an environmental impact statement and record of decision for the project that reflected best practices in review processes and fulfilled requirements for content, utility and practicality in environmental documentation.

The documents were part of a submission to create a $933 million, 8-mile southern branch extension from the existing South Shore Line station in Hammond to Dyer, Indiana.

After receiving a positive rating from the FTA in October, the West Lake Corridor project was approved to enter the engineering phase of the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants program.

NICTD oversee operations of the South Shore commuter rail service between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

West Lake Corridor to Enter Engineering Phase

October 9, 2019

The proposed West Lake Corridor in Northwest Indiana took a step forward recently when the Federal Transit Administration approved moving the project to the engineering phase.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which oversees the South Shore commuter operation, has proposed creating an eight-mile spur from the South Shore at Hammond to Dyer via Munster.

NICTD now can now begin to receive federal grants to help pay for engineering activities, demolition and other non-construction activities, as well as procure vehicles, acquire property and perform utility relocation for the project.

To receive full funding under the federal New Starts Capital Investment Grant Program, NICTD will need to enter into a construction grant agreement.

Once completed, the West Shore extension will offer 12 peak period round trips between Dyer and Millennium Station in downtown Chicago wither another 12 off-peak trips to and from Hammond.

The target date to begin service is 2024. There will be four stations located on the extension.