Visclosky Statement in Response to NICTD Request for Federal Funding for South Shore Rail Line Projects
Washington, DC – Congressman Visclosky released the following statement in response to the filing of the request by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) to the Federal Transportation Administration for funding for the South Shore Rail Line Double Track and West Lake extension projects.
Today’s action by NICTD is an essential step in the process of transforming the Northwest Indiana economy and creating new job opportunities in our region. I thank NICTD President Mike Noland, all of the board members, and their staff for their dedication to realize this cornerstone of development for our economy. It will build upon our industrial base and create new jobs by enhancing our quality of place and attracting businesses to remain, start, relocate, and expand in our region. We would not be where we are today without the steadfast support of NICTD, the RDA, Governor Holcomb, my colleagues in the General Assembly, and local communities and citizen groups. I am deeply grateful for all of their aggressive work to get us to this point in our journey, but this is only another step, albeit an important one, towards success. We must continue to remain committed to doing all that we can to make this vision a funded and functioning reality as soon as possible.