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An initiative to expand the South Shore rail line in northwest Indiana has received a significant boost. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Governor Mike Pence has signed a bill that would close a tax loophole in Lake County and direct the $4 million annual savings toward the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Those funds would be used to establish or improve mass rail transit systems. You can view the full bill by clicking here.
U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-IN) has been working to find funding to extend the South Shore Line to Dyer.
Visclosky is looking to couple the local funding with potential matching dollars from the federal government.
He says it will help Hoosiers in the region connect with higher-wage jobs in Chicago.
State Senator Brandt Hershman, who sponsored the measure, believes it will help northwest Indiana draw more residents and businesses away from Illinois.
Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana