The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) this week announced a $354.6 million grant agreement with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) for the West Lake Corridor Project.
The project will improve transportation options for Lake County, Indiana, residents traveling to downtown Chicago and South Bend International Airport, while reducing travel time and spurring economic development.
The West Lake Corridor Project is a 7.8-mile southern extension of the NICTD's existing South Shore Line (SSL) commuter rail service between Dyer and Hammond in Indiana, with four new stations. The total project cost is $944.9 million with $354.6 million in funding committed through FTA's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
"FTA is proud to join our partners in northern Indiana to improve public transportation and support economic recovery," FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a statement. "Commuters on the South Shore Line can now look forward to faster and more efficient transit service connecting them to major employers in Chicago, enhancing opportunities for Lake County residents while encouraging economic development locally."
FTA's CIG program provides funding for major transit infrastructure projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.
SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration