(Washington D.C.) - Uncle Sam is now fully on board the South Shore Railroad commuter line’s double track project. The rest of the federal dollars sought for the close to $500 billion project have been approved.
Officials say a double track, along with grade crossing and other improvements, are expected to reduce travel one way from Michigan City to Chicago by over 30 minutes. Local officials say faster travel will mean significant economic growth for the area.
With all of the money now being secured, work can begin on the commuter line improvements. The state is providing $200 million while the remainder is coming from local sources like La Porte County and Michigan City governments.
“I’d like to start by thanking Governor Holcomb for his leadership and commitment to this project,” said K. Jane Williams, Deputy Administrator for the Federal Transit Authority.