To move this project forward, the NICTD South Shore Line (SSL) has initiated a study that will assess the potential impacts of the Double Track Northwest Indiana project on the man-made and natural environments. This effort will build on prior and current planning studies in Michigan City and for the Miller/Lake Street Station in Gary. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the SSL have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 4(f) Evaluation to identify any impacts that the project may have on the human and natural environment. After the public has reviewed the document and comments are received, the FTA will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or determine if further study is warranted.

The EA process is necessary to meet the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and advance the project in the FTA’s Core Capacity funding program. An environmental review must be completed for NICTD to receive potential federal funding for the project. The Section 4(f) Evaluation is necessary to comply with the requirements of Sections 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The EA and Section 4(f) Evaluation is available for public review at: Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Evaluation

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