Northwestern Indiana’s congested railroad corridors will see some upgrades with $71 million in federal money to help speed the flow of passenger and freight trains and perhaps help progress on a Chicago-to-Detroit high-speed Amtrak rail route.

The U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Indiana Gateway project will pay for work along the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Chicago Line and the Amtrak Michigan Line. The Indiana Department of Transportation said it will use the money for work that includes track relocations, high-speed crossovers and upgrading signal systems.

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