STB Extends Chicago Bypass Comment Period

The public comment period for a draft environmental study for a proposed Chicago bypass rail line has been extended to July 15.

STBThe study is being undertaken by the Office of Environmental Analysis of the Surface Transportation Board in regards to a proposal by Great Lake Basin Transportation to construct a 278-mile belt line around Chicago.

The line would extend from LaPorte in Northwest Indiana to Milton in Southern Wisconsin. Great Lakes Basin has said the belt line could ease rail congestion in Chicago by moving traffic that did not originate or terminate in that city.

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