To move this project forward, the 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 SSL will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA), so that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) may issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

These steps are necessary to meet the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements so that the project can possibly advance in the FTA’s Core Capacity funding program. These are the required steps that NICTD must take to receive potential federal funding for the project.