Construction on West Lake commuter rail line could begin in October

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Construction on the eight-mile West Lake extension of the South Shore commuter rail line between Hammond and Dyer could begin in October, according to a report by nwitimes.com.

South Shore Line needs to finalize a $355-million grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration to move the long-sought project to the final development stage.

South Shore Line President Mike Noland told board members of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission that the agreement is expected to be finalized with the FTA in september.

“Construction would immediately start, would finish up in late 2024, and we’d start revenue service in early 2025,” Noland  was quoted as saying.

The new commuter rail line will run from the Illinois-Indiana border in north Hammond, eight miles down the Monon corridor to Main St. on the Munster/Dyer border, just west of Columbia Ave.

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