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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) has requested entry into the engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for its double-track project along the South Shore Line in northwest Indiana.
NICTD has already completed the development phase of CIG, which includes an environmental review and an analysis of project alternatives for installing a second mainline track from Gary to Michigan City, Indiana.
The project includes 17 miles of new track, four new bridges, station and parking improvements at five South Shore Line stations, street-running track removal, new track installation that would be separated from roadways in Michigan City and the closure of 21 grade crossings in the city.
"The double-track project will transform the physical and economic landscape of the northwest Indiana region and catalyze growth in communities served by the South Shore Line," said Michael Noland, NICTD president and chief executive officer, in a press release.