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West Lake Corridor

The West Lake Corridor is a proposal for commuter rail service to serve the city of Chicago and the cities of Hammond, Griffith, Hobart, Cedar Lake, Merrillville and Lowell in Indiana. In mid-2000s, the population and commercial growth in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana was outstripping current projections; the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District decided that, if the growth continued at the current rates, it would be necessary to add another branch to the South Shore Line commuter rail. As of 2006, planning proceeded apace for an extension to Valparaiso, but trouble was brewing; the newer plans relied on growth exceeding projections, which made the project unqualified for federal funding, the NICTD was unsure whether it could attain trackage rights on the CN line to Valparaiso. By 2008, a new study indicated that while the Lowell branch would attract 11,327 riders per day, a Valparaiso to Munster branch would not attract enough ridership, the latter part of the plan was dropped.

In March 2019, the Federal Transit Administration gave the project a favorable rating meaning the project can qualify for funding from the Capital Investment Grant Program. NICTD anticipates to be awarded funding in the spring of 2020 with construction beginning in the year. In October of that same year, the FTA approved the project moving it into its engineering phase. Traveling southbound, the new branch leaves the old CSS&SB main before the current Hammond station; as of 2017, the NICTD has begun demolition of houses between Hanover and Brunswick streets to begin building a new station capable of serving both lines. From Hammond south, the line follows; the Monon trail follow a new alignment. At Maynard Junction, the Corridor will have a flyover over the EJ&E/CSX tracks, will follow new tracks built west of the CSX right-of-way. Due to financial constraints, current construction will not extend to Lowell at this time, but provisions will be made for future extension; as of 2017, the NICTD has yet to finalize.

However, possible stations are as follows. Hammond Gateway Station Hammond Munster Munster Munster/Dyer Main Street Dyer Amtrak The St. John-Lowell extension could include the following stations. St. John Cedar Lake Lowell The new line will run as far as Dyer, with a extension to Lowell, trains will run as shuttles between Hammond and Dyer during off-peak hours. Monon Railroad Monon Trail West Lake Corridor West Lake Corridor Project Map

Let's Get Inventin'

Let's Get Inventin' is a New Zealand reality television series that takes young inventors and helps them to create inventions. If successful they go into a prize pool, as well as having a chance to have their idea patented. In 2007, the series won the Qantas Award for best children's/youth programme, it has screened on over 72 countries and the format has been picked up by the BBC in the UK - Whizz Whizz Bang Bang and Ed and Ouchos Excelent Inventions. In 2014 the Series was nominated for an International Emmy. In Let's Get Inventin' over seven seasons 91 Kiwi kids with ideas have been teamed up with some of the greatest inventors in the country to bring their inventions to life. Rocket-powered ice skates, a six legged walking car and a jet-powered hover skateboard are some of the inventions, and at the end of the series, the New Zealand public chooses their favorite invention. 12 of which have secured official patents in the prize package totalling $10,000. The BBC produced two versions of the New Zealand Format: Whizz Whizz Bang Bang and Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions which ran for two seasons.

Season two of the NZ series was presented by Jeff from 21 jump street, who moved on to co-host Sticky TV. Chris Knox King Kapisi Jonah Lomu David Tua Jason Gunn Sir Richard Hadlee Alan Gibbs Helen Clark John Key Mark Tilden Wallace & Gromit Adam Gaston - Rocket Skates Sarah Trass - Buoyzone Rory Shillington - V8 Coffee Kristen Thomsen - Dogwalker Jason Wordsworth - Watergate John Shen - fresh Feet Kharn Gedge - Snow Scooter Jessie Lineham - Silent Hairdryer Sam Sinclair - Lacer Clips Isabella Coventry - Chord Companion Robert Wilson - Anti-Nervous Glasses Alex Drinkwater - Walking Cell-Phone Charger Ben Attwood - Super Bowl Natalie Crimp - UV Sensor Josh Murphy - Very Lazy Boy William Francis - Pogobike Emily Cooper - Downpipe Generator Ben Currie - Bush Balloon Mathew Selles - Hover board Krystal Cook - Woodcutting Machine Kyle White - Fish Tank Belt Ethan Hunter - Mossbot Justin Port and Brendan Port - Quad Brittany Smith-Frank - Magic Gadget Episode 1- ‘The Teenager' Morning-O-Matic Get out of Bed Machine Episode 2 - Trajectory Gold Episode 3 - Acoustic Apparel Episode 4 - Trampoline Powered ‘Gyminator'.

Episode 5 - The Super Poopa Sucker Episode 6 - Suitcase Car Episode 7 - The Can Man Episode 8 - The Choo Coob Episode 9 - The Flying Pack Episode 10 - Paper Blocks Episode 11- Bouncy Suit Episode 12 - Gravity Rollerskates Episode 13 - Hover Car Episode 14 - Electronic Money Bank Episode 15 - The final Showdown -'Inventor's Den' 2014 - 42nd International Emmy® Award Nomination 2013 – Finalist - Cynopsis Kids Imagination Awards New York 2012 – WINNER -Qantas Best Children’s/Youth TV Award 2009 – Finalist - Qantas Best Children’s/Youth TV Award 2008 – Finalist - Qantas Best Children’s/Youth TV Award 2007 – WINNER - Qantas Best Children’s/Youth TV Award 2007 - Finalist - Best Children's Programme Air New Zealand Screen Awards 2006 – WINNER - Qantas Best Children’s/Youth TV Award