Details emerge for new South Shore expansion plan
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has released a new comprehensive strategic plan. The update comes as part of the Indiana General Assembly’s approval last year of $180 million for the West Lake expansion of the South Shore commuter rail line. The plan now includes updated details of the costs, benefits and impacts of commuter rail expansion in the region. It says construction of the West Lake Corridor and upgrading the existing South Shore line from Gary to Michigan City will support about 2,000 construction jobs between 2018-2022, as well as supporting about 5,700 permanent jobs in Lake and Porter counties by 2046. The RDA expects the corridor and the existing line improvements to increase South Shore daily ridership from about 14,500 to more than 24,000.. The project is also projected to generate an additional $435 million in local property tax revenues for Gary, Portage, Hammond, Munster, Dyer, East Chicago, Miller and Ogden Dunes between 2018-2039.
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