One of NIRPC’s major responsibilities as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties is to conduct the long-range planning and short-range programming for the federal programs that support the region’s local public transit operators. Use of these federal funds requires the development of a long range plan, with priorities and criteria to select projects based on the plan’s recommendations, and a four-year investment Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Use of the federal transit funds also requires the involvement of users and operators of public and private transit services in planning for public transportation.

While not an MPO responsibility, NIRPC also serves as a recipient for federal transit funds on behalf of 7 providers of public transit. This role helps to minimize administration and oversight costs for the participating operators. NIRPC applies for and receives funds on behalf of East Chicago Public Transit, North Township Dial-A-Ride, South Lake County Community Services, Opportunity Enterprises, Porter County Aging and Community Services, City of Valparaiso V-Line and DASH, and the City of La Porte TransPorte.

Any questions regarding transit may be directed to James Winters, Transit Planner, by phone at (219) 763-6060 ext. 154 or by email at

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