McIntosh Perry is proud to announce that our Partner Firm in the U.S., Beam, Longest & Neff (BLN) was retained by Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District (NICDT) in Northwest Indiana to offer real estate and demolition services in compliance with the Uniform Act for the ‘Double Track’ and ‘West Lake Corridor’ passenger rail projects.

Both projects are massive federally funded rail projects located in Northwest Indiana (within the shadows of BLN’s Regional office in Hammond, IN). Together, these monumental infrastructure projects will be a much-added upgrade to the existing passenger railway, allowing passengers to reach high-growth areas from Chicago, IL, to South Bend, IN.

About the Project

The Double Track project expands a 26.6-mile stretch of the existing South Shore Line (SSL) from a single track to a double track. The West Lake Corridor project is an approximate 8-mile southern extension of the existing SSL. Both projects include constructing all rail, signal, power, platform, and other associated infrastructure improvements throughout the project corridor.

Purpose of the Project

With a combined total construction value of over $1.5 billion, the project’s main objective was to reduce commuter time in and out of Chicago which, in turn, will positively impact local economies.

Services Offered

Environmental right-of-way, Acquisition right-of-way engineering, Surveying, Program Management, Valuation, Acquisition, Relocation, Environmental investigation, Asbestos Testing, Hazardous Materials Survey, Demolition Design, Property Management, Acquisition, and Demolition services.

Our partner team at BLN is thrilled to have been a part of such an important addition that connects the rail line from Michigan City to Hammond and from Dyer Indiana to Hammond – The First Double-Track project.

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Source: Double Track NWI & West Lake Corridor – Beam, Longest and Neff (BLN) (

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