Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced nearly $173 million in federal funding that will allow construction to begin on the South Shore Line’s Double Track Project, the installation of a second mainline track along a 26-mile stretch of the commuter rail between Gary and Michigan City. It also includes nine new platforms, platform improvements at five stations and adding over 13-hundred parking spaces. Also, in Michigan City, the rail will be separated from the roadway and 21 at-grade crossings will be closed. The project is expected to more than double ridership and reduce travel times for all passengers traveling east of Gary. The Federal Transit Administration and Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District signed the Full Funding Grant Agreement Thursday. Here is a link to read the full announcement.