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)