CHESTERTON, IND. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has received a nearly $ 50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for its two-pronged South Shore Rail Line project. The money comes on top of an approximately $ 50 million grant that NICTD received in August.
While the Federal Transit Administration has allocated the funds, NICTD President Mike Noland says it is not “money in the bank.” However, he says the $ 100 million suggests the free trade agreement continues to support the project and is heading for a full funding agreement.
He hopes to hear from FTA about full funding in early 2021.
According to Noland, NICTD has completed development of the engineering plans for the 26.6-mile railroad project that will add a second set of South Shore Line tracks from Gary to Michigan City.
The $ 460 million project will also include an upgrade of the passenger stations along the route, increasing capacity and speeding up travel to downtown Chicago.
In the meantime, Noland said, NICTD will submit bids for a project contractor in January. If everything stays on schedule, Noland expects construction to start in June.
The money South Shore received is part of a total of $ 544 million in funding provided by the FTA for several transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Utah.