NICTD gains federal approval to develop double tracking project

May 25, 2016

From RT&S Magazine

A planned double track project in Indiana may move forward following a key approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).Website Insert Keep Your Money In-State copy

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) has received approval from the FTA to enter Project Development for its long anticipated project to double track the South Shore Line from Tennessee Street in Gary, Ind., to Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City, Ind., a distance of approximately 25 miles.

The estimated $210-million project is expected to add 5,000 – 8,000 daily riders to the South Shore Line, increase train frequency by 30 percent and improve on-time performance. In addition, double tracking the South Shore Line will allow the railroad to significantly reduce travel times along the line, especially at station locations farther away from Chicago.

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