Rail realignment study evaluation process progressing

2013-02-25T15:33:00Z Rail realignment study evaluation process progressingContributed by Michigan City nwitimes.com
February 25, 2013 3:33 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | The City of Michigan City and NICTD through the Management Oversight Group for the Alternative Realignment Study, reconvened on Feb. 18 to discuss the evaluation efforts to date and the process requirements moving forward based on the latest information available.

In discussing this evaluation, Mayor Meer stated “I am pleased that we have agreed to reconvene the MOG, and I look forward to thoughtful dialogue and considerations of the options. No final determination has been made regarding the routing of the South Shore Line, and a number of technical issues still need to be addressed by project consultants. We have also received valuable information to aid in this process from the City’s consulting team of TND Planning Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff. We will consider all input received including that of a recent public workshop and evaluate all impacts as the Michigan City MOG considers its final determination of route selection regarding this very important matter to the City and NICTD.”

The meeting focused on design characteristics of the Central (10th/11th Street) Option and the South (CSX) Option. The study group is currently examining the feasibility and impact of NICTD’s requirement for a double track alignment in the 10th and 11th St. right-of-way as well as accommodating an 800’ long high level platform.

Mark Yagelski, NICTD Board Chairman, commented that the NICTD Board is committed to an alignment that will create a safer more reliable railroad that will meet or exceed the expectations of our regional market for the next 100 years.

As this evaluation continues, grant funding, project timelines and next steps were also discussed. All parties agreed that the meeting was productive and that they would continue working toward a consensus on a preferred alignment.

For over a century, the South Shore has provided valued service to Michigan City along a two-mile segment of single track that is embedded in the middle of 10th and 11th streets. Michigan City and NICTD in this evaluation have worked together to explore feasible realignment options that will balance the needs and considerations of both the City and NICTD.

In keeping with this project’s commitment to public engagement, interested stakeholders are invited to visit the project website at www.emichigancity.com then click on the project icon in the lower right corner of the home page, to submit questions or comments and to be kept up to date with the project’s progress.

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