Thursday, November 20, 2008

South Shore Heading to Lowell

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), which operates the South Shore Railroad from Chicago to South Bend, has plans for two line extensions to Lowell and Valparaiso. It now appears the Lowell branch will be built first, according to the Gary Post-Tribune.

NICTD is counting on $500 million in new start funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to pay for half the project's cost. But to get the FTA money, the project had a meet a minimum cost-benefit threshold. The Lowell line, which uses existing railroad tracks did; the Valparaiso line did not.

(South Shore train approaches station in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Photo by Robert J. McConnell)

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