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NICTD West Lake Corridor web page

Today:  Sarah Ferraro and Terri Weems of the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area, and Maranda Fishback with RISE NWI and the Legacy Foundation's community engagement coordinator, are in the studio to talk about the "Vote411.org" project and its local link for Lake County voters to get election-related information.   It is a way for voters to be educated before they head to the polls on Election Day next month, and is a platform for candidates to use with their constituents.  Later in the program, we talk with Matt Moss, Vice President of F. H. Paschen, which is joining with Ragnar Benson on its joint-venture proposal for the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor Project.  He explains how the two companies which have worked on many projects in the region are working together on this one, and about an outreach effort in Dyer on Thursday afternoon.

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Today:   A conversation with Ken Davidson, of the "Northwest Indiana Gazette" blog, about his complaint filed in a Lake County court about decisions made by local organizations that do not, in his view, allow for more consistent public comment.  His request for judicial review focuses on the decisions made by the Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) boards on the South Shore Line expansion projects, and the West Lake Extension in particular.   The project is currently under review by federal transportation agencies.

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

CHESTERTON - Local first responders are being put on the hot seat this weekend.  The Northern Indiana  Commuter  Transportation  District  is set to conduct  an emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, October 7th from 9am until 11 a.m.

South Shore spokesperson John Parsons says it will be held near the South Shore Line’s intersection with County Road 500E, in eastern LaPorte County, immediately east of the Indiana Toll Road overpass of the South Shore.  

The South Shore is conducting this training exercise in cooperation
with the Kankakee Township Fire Department.

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Today:  As state lawmakers plan to expand pre-kindergarten across the state, we look at a very successful program in Lake County:  the "Building Brickies" Early Learning Program in Hobart.  Laura Kovats with the School City of Hobart talked about the concept, adopted from a nationwide program that empowers parents to be their child's first and best teacher through research-based home visits, play groups, developmental screenings and community resources.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

CHESTERTON - One of the requirements for federal funding for the double tracking of the South Shore Line is now complete.  

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District spokesperson John Parsons says the environmental assessment (EA) for the double track project between Michigan City and Gary is done and is now available for public comment.  Parsons says the EA can be accessed online through the double track website.

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The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.   

The IPRA supports moving the tracks to alongside city streets rather than their present location in the middle, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project. 

Steven Coxhead, the president of the IPRA, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday and here's the conversation.

The Real Life - Rail Tourist blog

Today:  "Regionally Speaking" focuses on rail transportation in northwest Indiana.  

First, a conversation with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.  The Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.    The IPRA supports that work, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project.