INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that would start a summer study committee to look at a the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

House Enrolled Act 1450 will focus a study on the board of trustees makeup, funding for the board, use of Public Mass Transit Funds, and ridership numbers.

The study will also consider expanding the lines south toward towns like Lowell, Munster, and St. John.

The legislation’s author, state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, said the current board’s organization doesn’t accurately reflect ridership on the line, which is largely used by residents of Lake County.

“This is an opportunity to better reflect the ridership with the representation on the board,” Reardon said, “and hopefully be more supportive of expanding the line.

“That’s the ultimate goal,” she added, “to have the South Shore rail expand toward Munster, and we’ll look at all the issues and identify the challenges.”