The Northwest Indiana Transportation Study Commission was established by statute (P.L. 149- 1999) to:
    (1) evaluate existing studies that address the needs and viability of high speed rail service in and through the state, including the:
        (A) Midwest High Speed Rail Initiative Study;
        (B) Federal Railroad Administration High Speed Rail Study; and
        (C) the Indiana Passenger Rail Study;
    (2) review other high speed rail issues identified by the commission as requiring study;
    (3) monitor the development of commuter transportation and rail service in the Westlake County- Chicago Lowell-Chicago and Valparaiso-Chicago corridors;
    (4) study all aspects of regional mass transportation and road and highway needs in Lake County, Porter County, LaPorte County, St. Joseph County, and Elkhart County; and
    (5) study other topics as assigned by the legislative council.

For the 1999 interim, the Legislative Council has assigned the study of the viability of high speed rail in Indiana (SB 275) to the Commission.