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The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD)

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The Project


2020 - 2025


Lake County, IN - Hammond, Munster, Dyer


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is constructing the West Lake Corridor Project as a southern branch extension of the existing South Shore Line (SSL) to reach high-growth areas in Lake County, Indiana.



The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is expanding its commuter rail service through an eight-mile extension of the South Shore Line (SSL), known as the West Lake Corridor Project (Project). The line would be extended to the south to provide passenger rail service to three municipalities in Lake County, Indiana: Hammond, Munster and Dyer. Trains on the new branch line would connect with the existing SSL and ultimately with the Metra Electric District (MED) line to the north to Millennium Station in downtown Chicago—a total distance of approximately 30 miles.

This Project would provide a vital transportation link connecting northwest Indiana with Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. It would also expand NICTD’s service coverage, improve mobility and accessibility, and stimulate local job creation and economic development opportunities for Lake County.

The West Lake Corridor Project is being designed with a focus on sustainability and wetland mitigation, incorporating best practices to protect the environment.


July 10, 2019: RFP Issued

December 20, 2019: Proposal Due​

January 2020: Proposals Evaluated, Bid Results Announced

January 2020 - April 2020: Contract Negotiation

October 2020: Contract and Notice to Proceed ​


October 2024: Substantial Completion

October 2024 - April 2025: Integrated Systems Testing

April 2025: Start of Revenue Service

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F.H. Paschen Ragnar Benson Joint Venture (FHP/RB) Design-Build Team was formed strategically to partner with NICTD to meet the goals of the West Lake Corridor project.

Our team has the combined experience, resources, and the capacity to deliver this project, strengthening the connection between Chicago and Northwest Indiana and bringing economic opportunity and development to the area. F.H. Paschen Ragnar Benson Joint Venture is proud to have been shortlisted for this project.

Our Team



FHP/RB is committed to maximizing the economic potential of the West Lake Corridor project to benefit DBE businesses. It is our intent to make this project work for the community and have a positive economic impact on area business.

FHP/RB team members have a proven record of meeting and exceeding DBE goals. A Design-Build project of this scale presents many opportunities for DBE Participation. In order to reach the widest audience as possible and to ensure that interested DBE firms learn about potential opportunities, we will be hosting outreach sessions throughout the pre-construction and construction phases at locations along the West Lake Corridor. Learn more about Indiana Department Transportation's Qualitfications for DBE Certification.



Subcontractor and Vendor Pre-Qualification

To assist us in achieving the maximum participation of DBEs, we maintain an extensive in-house database of subcontractors including their size, specialties, as well as records of participation on previous projects. We encourage you to register your company with us so we can identify the firms interested in and available to perform this work. 

To prequalify your firm for the project, please click the following link and and fill out the Prequalification Form.

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F.H. Paschen 

Long-time transit builder with proven experience delivering complex projects while maintaining operations.


Ragnar Benson

One of the nation's most successful rail contractors that has built over 500 miles of track in 28 states.

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ENR's 2019 #1 Top 500 Designer with a strong history in rail, transit, civil, and structural design, development, and management.


Professional Services

  • Testing & Inspection - Quality Control

  • Vibration Monitoring

  • Survey & Layout

Track, Structures, and Systems

  • Trackwork

  • Traction Power

  • Train Control & Signal Systems

  • Site & Structure Demolition

  • Earthwork

  • Trucking

  • Aggregate Supply

  • Concrete Supply

  • Deep Foundations

  • Earth Retention

  • Structural Steel

  • Reinforcing Steel

  • Precast Concrete Structures

  • Retaining Walls

  • Site Concrete

  • Traffic Signal & Street Lighting

  • Utility Relocation

  • Site Clearing

  • Fencing

  • Landscaping

  • Bridge Material Fabrication & Supply

Station Construction

  • Station, Platform, and Park Lot Construction

  • Site Electrical

  • Maintenance of Traffic

  • Site Utilities

  • Carpentry

  • Masonry

  • Asphalt & Paving

  • Doors, Frames, Hardware, Entrances

  • Signage

  • Roofing

  • Finishes

  • Painting / Sealers

  • Waterproofing

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing

  • Metal Fabrications

  • Millwork

  • Station Material Fabrication & Supply

Design and Engineering Services

  • Architectural

  • Civil

  • Communications

  • Drainage

  • Electrical

  • Environmental

  • Geo-technical

  • Landscaping

  • Lighting

  • Mechanical

  • Structural

  • Survey

  • Traffic Controls / Signals

  • Utilities



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