Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) has submitted a federal
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to
complete the remaining 30 miles of the Marquette Greenway.
Greenway is a planned 58-mile off-road trail facility from Calumet Park in
Chicago through Northwest Indiana to New Buffalo, Mich.
approximately 28 miles have either been built or funded.
This TIGER grant
seeks to finish the rest of the trail by completing segments in South
Chicago, Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Portage, the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore, Porter County, Michigan City, and New Buffalo.
the Marquette Greenway would link the east and west landholdings of the
National Lakeshore, and provide numerous connections with established trail
facilities in Illinois and Indiana.
NIRPC received an
overwhelming number of support letters--72 in all--from both the public and
private sector stakeholders.
This project has
been planned and pursued aggressively since the release of the 2009
Marquette Greenway Poster Plan, which introduced the proposed route to the
public. Since then over $80 million has been invested towards the creation
of the Greenway, with most being awarded by the NWI Regional Development
Authority in Whiting, Hammond, and Portage.
NIRPC has created a
project webpage with all application submissions, including an extensive
resource library of plans, studies and concept ideas created over the last
decade. The public may access this site at