The West Lake Corridor project, which will add a southern branch extension of the South Shore Line commuter rail in Lake County, Indiana, has been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Documentation Preparation by the Federal Transit Administration.
The award is given to recipients in one of two categories each year – Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement – and is presented to projects or initiatives that take careful, exhaustive consideration of the environmental impacts of their work.
According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, the $933 million rail expansion project will introduce eight additional miles of commuter rail service south from Hammond to Dyer. The project, which is spearheaded by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, is being designed around protecting northern Indiana’s wetlands, with a focus on sustainability.
NICTD president and CEO Michael Noland accepted the award at the American Public Transportation Association conference in New York last month.
Following the completion of its Environmental Impact Statement, the West Lake Corridor project has been approved to enter its engineering phase. More information on the project is available here.
Read the full story from the Times of Northwest Indiana here.
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