PORTER | The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will receive funds for new transit vehicles and implementing a shuttle service.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that the IDNL will receive $193,400 for the program to help tranport Chicago and suburban visitors using the South Shore railroad to the park.
Some $12.5 million in grants for 29 projects in 20 states were announced to improve access to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.
The selected projects will help reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for millions of visitors to enjoy the nation's parks, according to a USDOT press release.
The funds are provided through the Federal Transit Administration's Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program, which awarded $40.8 million for similar projects in January 2012.