CSX is planning an intermodal facility near Chicago along the joint line that it uses with Union Pacific.
Although CSX has not announced plans for the 1,100 acre site, speculation on public forums has already triggered NIMBY opposition amid support from public officials.
Some residents have objected to the likelihood of CSX building an overpass for Crete-Monee Road.
Opponents appeared at a public hearing last month and signs opposing the intermodal site have sprung up along roads in the largely rural area.
The intermodal site, though, would be within the village of Crete.
“There is substantial support among local, state, and regional officials for the (Crete) concept,” said CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle. “Locating a facility there would enhance the region’s ability to manage the growing volume of intermodal freight moving to and from the Chicago region.”
The area where the intermodal site would be built has seen growth in warehouses and distribution businesses in recent years.
The village has rezoned the property for intermodal terminal use. CSX purchased the land in June 2016.
If CSX develops the intermodal facility it would part of its Southeastern Corridor and become the first Chicago area intermodal facility tied directly to the port of Miami, which is a gateway to Latin American.
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