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West Lake Corridor

All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.

Surface Transportation
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Department of Transportation

The West Lake Corridor Project (Project) proposed by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is located in Lake County, Indiana and Cook County, Illinois. The proposed Project would involve an approximately 9-mile southern branch extension to NICTD's existing South Shore Line (SSL) between Dyer and Hammond, Indiana. Additionally, the Project would operate on approximately 15 miles of existing SSL and Metra Electric District's (MED) line to the Millennium Station in Downtown Chicago. Alternatives being considered include a No Build, Commuter Rail, and several design options for the latter in terms of route alignment, station locations, and vehicle mode. The Project has been proposed to increase transportation options for central and southern Lake County residents traveling to Downtown Chicago, reduce travel time and travel costs, and promote economic development opportunities for Lake County.

Permitting Timetable

The permitting timetable below displays data as reported by agencies. Dates for Environmental Review and Permitting processes (Actions) that are in 'Paused' or 'Planned' status are subject to change and are not indicative of a project's final schedule.

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