NICTD West Lake Corridor Project

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The Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is proposing the West Lake Corridor Project, an approximate 9-mile southern extension of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s (NICTD) existing South Shore Line (SSL) between Hammond and Dyer, Indiana. The project will expand NICTD’s service coverage, improve mobility and accessibility, and stimulate local job creation and economic development opportunities for Lake County. The proposed project will provide new transit service between Munster and Metra’s Millennium Station in Downtown Chicago, Illinois, a total distance of approximately 30 miles. In 2017, the General Assembly authorized the establishment of Transit Development Districts (TDD) near new and existing stations to ensure that this project's vision becomes a reality.

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Public Hearing
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which evaluates the environmental, transportation, social, and economic impacts of the transportation improvements, is available on the NICTD West Lake Corridor Project website

NICTD held a 45-day comment period for the DEIS from December 21, 2016-February 3, 2017. As part of this comment period, NICTD hosted three public hearings. Feedback received from residents and Town officials during the comment period will be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be completed in fall 2017. Please visit NICTD's website at for more information on this project, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Project Funding
The project's current total estimated cost is $615 million, which will be funded by various grants and a partnership with the RDA, the State of Indiana, and local communities in Lake County. The Town of Munster, along with 16 other local entities, has committed a certain amount of local funding to the construction of the West Lake Corridor Project. Through Resolution 1991, approved on August 11, 2014, the Town of Munster committed to contribute no less than 34% of its annual certified distribution of county economic development income tax as set forth in I.C. 6-3.5-7-12, beginning with the certified amount in FY 2014. The amount committed by other communities can also be found in the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement.

Town of Munster Resolutions
To date, the Town of Munster has enacted three resolutions (2008, 2010, and 2023) related to station area location and design at both the proposed Main Street and Ridge Road stations. These are included for review in the document list below. 

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