• March 15, 2019

    Dunes tourism brought in $476.4M to Porter County in 2018, report says

    Even as officials with Indiana Dunes Tourism were preparing their 2018 report on tourism in Porter County, they were getting a glimpse at what next year’s report might bring now that Indiana Dunes National Park has been rechristened. Social media impressions for the tourism bureau were about 2 million last year, but in the month since the park got an upgrade from being a lakeshore, that hit 708,000.

  • March 15, 2019

    South Shore extension closer to fruition and $440 million from feds

    The South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor project passed a major milestone Friday when the Federal Transit Administration announced a project rating that moves it a step closer to receiving as much as $440 million in federal funding. The FTA's medium-high rating was revealed in the Department of Transportation's annual report on the Capital Investment Grant program. The grant for West Lake would cover nearly half the construction cost of $764 million, and a similar proportion of early financing costs of $127 million.

  • March 10, 2019

    Rail projects top infrastructure investments

    The web of commuter rail that spreads from downtown Chicago into the Illinois suburbs — 490 miles of track with 241 stations — stands in marked contrast to the single lining running along Lake Michigan's shore, covering 90 miles to South Bend, with 19 stations. That contrast was at the front of state lawmakers' minds four years ago when they reauthorized the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, with the idea that the RDA would focus on a transformative project that would take advantage of the Region's proximity to Chicago.

  • February 28, 2019

    Visclosky receives Indiana's highest honor for longtime service to Region and state

    INDIANAPOLIS — The man who has represented Indiana in the U.S. House longer than any other congressman, 34 years and counting, has been awarded the state's highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in recognition of Visclosky's lifetime of service to the people of Northwest Indiana and the Hoosier state.

  • February 22, 2019

    New fed budget funding keeps South Shore projects chugging along

    The headlines were about money for border security, but the federal government spending bill recently approved by Congress also included funding for commuter railroad projects like two planned by the South Shore Line. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release that the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation included $2.6 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which he supports.