In LaPorte County, Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad is receiving a two-point-eight million dollar federal grant to upgrade seven-and-a-half miles of rail between Michigan City and the city of LaPorte. The announcement from First District Congressman Pete Visclosky says existing 90-pound track will replaced with 115-pound track, a project that will further improve the safety and efficiency of the railroad system in the Region.
Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN-1) stated, “Rail safety is of paramount concern to residents in LaPorte County and throughout Northwest Indiana, and I congratulate the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad for successfully identifying and utilizing this federal grant program. I am pleased that their initiative will further improve the safety and efficiency of the Northwest Indiana railroad system, which ultimately improves our quality of place and attracts new people and businesses to our region.”
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) stated, “In northern Indiana, a safe and reliable rail system plays a critical role in driving our economy and making our region attractive to job creators. This important investment will upgrade our local rail infrastructure to help businesses transport goods more efficiently and to make our communities safer.”
Mr. Todd Bjornstad, President of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, stated, “By making these improvements to our track, we will be able to enhance the safety and reliability of the service we provide to our customers. This project will also ensure we have the ability to meet future business growth needs in LaPorte County.”