City = City of Michigan City, Indiana
Management Oversight Group (MOG) = The group established to oversee this Rail Realignment Study; the MOG consists of four representatives from the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) and four from the City of Michigan City.
NICTD = Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, the operating entity of the South Shore Line between South Bend, Indiana and downtown Chicago, IL.
ROW = right-of-way; the legal right, established by usage or grant, to pass along a specific route through property belonging to another.
Street Running = a type of rail transit operations which has rail tracks embedded in the middle of the street while allowing for vehicular traffic to operate adjacent to the tracks in the street right-of-way without any separation.
TIGER Funding =Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery; a type of federal funding program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”), distributed by the Department of Transportation, to fund this Rail Realignment study.
TOD = transit oriented development; A transit-oriented development (TOD) is a mixed-use development area consisting of residential, commercial and institutional land uses designed to maximize access to public transit and encourage transit ridership. A TOD neighborhood typically has a transit station surrounded by relatively high-density development with progressively lower-density development spreading outwards from the center. Appropriate TOD development is generally located within a radius of one-quarter to one-half mile from a transit stop, as this is considered to be an appropriate scale for pedestrians to walk to the station.