Congressmen wants Lake County's help for extension

Published: .
Updated: .

A congressman from northwest Indiana is urging Lake County officials to use some of the money taken in from a new local income tax to help fund the extension of the South Shore commuter rail line.

The Times of Munster reports U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has been meeting with regional leaders seeking to gather support for a plan to extend the commuter rail that connects northern Indiana with Chicago.

Visclosky said the federal government can pay for some of the costs, but says northwest Indiana needs to come up with its share.

Lake County Council President Ted Bilski says he is in favor of extending the line, but said there isn't money available right now. County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, said the county can't do it alone.

Information from: The Times 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)