CHESTERTON - Plans to double track the South Shore rail line have cleared a key regulatory step. The Federal Transit Administration has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact following review of the environmental assessment of the estimated $300 million project. The finding from the U.S. Department of Transportation agency means development can continue after final approval on what the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District calls the project's "environmental capstone decision-making document."

South Shore Line President Michael Noland says "the team at NICTD has worked hard to minimize the project’s impact on the natural and human environment for the past two years. We are thrilled to reach this critically important milestone and advance the project in the Capital Investment Grant process with the FTA."

The FONSI includes information about the selection and modification of the preferred alternative, analysis of impacts, environmental commitments and responses to public comments. You can connect to the FONSI by clicking here and you can see other documents related to the project by clicking here.