Indiana (Northern Indiana Commuter Rail)

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Northern Indiana Commuter Rail


(November 1996)


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is conducting a Major Investment Study for the West Lake Corridor to examine the southern extension of the South Shore Line commuter rail service. The corridor includes approximately 4.5 miles of unused former right of way purchased under ISTEA and jointly owned by the towns of Munster and Hammond and NICTD. The right of way begins at Airline Junction in Munster, Indiana, and ends at Dan Rabin Transit Plaza in downtown Hammond. NICTD has completed a sketch engineering study that would connect this corridor and the South Shore Line at Burnham Yards in Illinois. This alignment would provide direct access via Metra Electric to Randolph Street Station in Chicago.


Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $0.50 million in Section 5309 New Start funds for this study.