NWI Perspectives: transportation
The region turned a corner on a bi-state expressway talked about for decades when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission approved the Illiana Expressway in December.
Gary/Chicago International Airport set a new flight path for itself in January when airport officials entered into a 40-year, public-private partnership with Aviation Facilities Company Inc. to manage its real estate and operate the airport.
The South Shore commuter railroad from South Bend to Chicago is riding on the cusp of some of the biggest changes in its 106-year history.
Bus service in the region continues to expand, with bus agencies and communities making a renewed push to better connect residents with jobs, shopping and services.
While much of what the Indiana Department of Transportation is doing for Northwest Indiana’s future is tied to the Illiana Expressway and Cline Avenue Bridge, the region still figures prominently in the agency’s plans for improving the state’s overall transportation network.
With demand for gasoline at historic lows due to consistently high prices and greater declines ahead under a new federal requirement that cars and light trucks have double the fuel efficiency by 2025, Indiana lawmakers have begun looking at alternatives to the gasoline tax for funding constr…