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NEW! Important Funding Announcements

View the Press Releases in the Media Kit

NICTD Visits with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

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NICTD Announced Modified Station Plans.
View updated project maps and materials.

Locally Preferred Alternative


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s (NICTD) existing South Shore Line (SSL) provides a vital transportation link that connects Northwest Indiana to Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. NICTD is proposing the West Lake Corridor Project as a southern branch extension of the SSL route to reach high-growth areas in Lake County, Indiana.

]'s more than just a train. The West Lake Corridor Project benefits include:

Faster, less expensive, and more reliable access to higher-paying jobs in Chicago and surrounding areas
Transportation choices for travel within the corridor and beyond
Encouragement of business investments in station areas to create growth in local jobs
Live/work/play lifestyle development around station areas
Walking trails and bike paths in and around station areas
Attracting and retaining families and younger residents
Relief of existing and anticipated traffic congestion
Reduction of vehicular emissions
Embracing a multi-modal corridor and making trail improvements where feasible

The West Lake Corridor Project Registers with Envision - a third party sustainable rating system:

The West Lake Corridor Project has been registered with ISI’s Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System. This system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. Envision will provide sustainable best practices, as well as a structure to evaluate the project’s sustainability using a transparent system of metrics. The project team will use Envision to guide decisions, evaluate project benefits, set and meet sustainability goals, and ensure a transparent approach.