- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) - A study has found that extending the South Shore commuter rail line to the Lake County town of Dyer would bring in 5,600 new daily riders carrying about $147 million per year in paychecks back to northwestern Indiana from Chicago.

The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/1beyO3J ) the economic benefit reported in the study commissioned by the commuter line doesn’t count the jobs that would be created by South Shore commuters spending their pay checks in the region. The study found those jobs could total more than 5,000 if the rail line someday was extended further to Lowell and Valparaiso.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky says the region has an opportunity to lay the foundation for a transformational investment in infrastructure by extending the line.

Policy Analytics of Indianapolis performed the study.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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