Young, Donnelly, Visclosky support for South Shore West Lake project

Chesterton Tribune

U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., joined by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, announced their support on Thursday of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s South Shore West Lake expansion project.

They did so in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), submitted along with NICTD’s request to enter into the New Starts Engineering phase of the Capital Investment Grant program.

“The South Shore West Lake expansion project is important for both jobs and infrastructure development in Northwest Indiana,” Young said. “I am delighted this project progressed to this critical juncture in FTA’s review process and look forward to continuing my steadfast advocacy for this crucial transit project alongside Governor Holcomb, Representative Visclosky, Senator Donnelly, the RDA, and NICTD.”

“The South Shore West Lake expansion will be a great improvement for the region’s infrastructure, creating new transportation options for residents and supporting continued economic growth,” Donnelly said. “I was proud to join my colleagues Senator Young and Representative Visclosky, as well as Governor Holcomb, NICTD, and RDA on this effort. It is important the Federal Transit Administration follows the requirements Congress has established for this program and reviews this application in a timely manner so we can get this important project moving forward.”

“This is the next step in the journey of creating new jobs and economic activity in Northwest Indiana,” Visclosky said. “We would not be able to do this without the steadfast support of NICTD, the RDA, Governor Holcomb, Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Young, the members of our state delegation, and our participating local officials. I am grateful for all of their leadership and believe that because of our bipartisan and collective efforts, we are paving the way for future transit and private investments in our region.”

An excerpt from the letter:

It is our understanding that the application demonstrates the project’s forecasted economic impact as well as its financial capacity, including the requirement that one hundred percent of the nonfederal funding is dedicated with no further action needed by local and state entities.

We remain confident that this project will serve our nation as a model to show how support from local communities and federal transportation infrastructure programs can maximize the return of private sector economic investments from taxpayer dollars. . . .

We ask that the submitted request be considered as expeditiously as possible, per the direction prescribed under applicable laws and regulations, and that the rating be swiftly determined in order to allow the project to progress from the Capital Investment Grant program’s Project Development Phase and into the Engineering Phase.