West Lake Corridor Commuter Rail Extension

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West Lake Corridor Commuter Rail Extension

Program Management for a Major Expansion of NICTD’s Services

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District for decades has operated the South Shore Line commuter rail system that brings passengers from South Bend, Michigan City and Gary, Indiana, to Millennium Station in Chicago. In 2016, the District committed to an 8-mile extension, a $944.9 million project that brings service to three municipalities in Lake County, Indiana: Hammond, Munster and Dyer.

The District had never undertaken this kind of expansion, and it tapped HDR for our expertise with Federal Transit Administration grants. The team provided program management for all aspects of the FTA grant: supporting NICTD as it entered the Capital Investment Grant  program in 2016, making the FTA application and getting approval to enter the engineering phase and finally securing the West Lake Full Funding Grant Agreement, which was achieved in late 2020. HDR’s role in assisting the District extends through delivery of the project in 2025.

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The team’s experience with FTA grants and relationships with the agency meant that all required deliverables and milestones for the grant were achieved on schedule. They were able to confer with FTA officials throughout the process to ensure that the FTA’s expectations would be fully satisfied to secure the full funding grant agreement.

A groundbreaking for the project was held on Oct. 28, 2020, along with a virtual grant signing for the FTA’s $354.6 million Capital Investment Grant.

The West Lake Corridor is the largest transit infrastructure project in Indiana history.

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Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

United States