NIRPC Backs RDA Funding Renewal and South Shore Expansion

Supporters and opponents of the Illiana Expressway packed NIRPC’s board meeting today. The board voted in favor of adding the highway to its 2040 Plan.

Most of the action at today’s full board meeting of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was focused on the organization’s vote on including the proposed Illiana Expressway in its 2040 plan. Without that inclusion, the roadway could not be built. After several hours of debate by supporters and foes of the Illiana — some of which is reflected on the RDA twitter stream, where yours truly was live-tweeting the event — the board voted overwhelmingly in favor of adding the Illiana to its plans.

Following a brief recess after the Illiana vote, the board reconvened to consider several other measures, including resolutions supporting the re-authorization of state funding for the RDA beyond 2015 and increased investment in commuter rail. Both measures, which may be read here (.pdf), were passed unanimously. What some of the board members had to say:

The RDA would like to express its thanks for the support of these officials as well as all the members of NIRPC’s board. We are proud of our role in making the region a better place to live, work and play.

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