STB Wants More Information Chicago Bypass

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is seeking additional information from Great Lakes Basin Transportation pertaining to the proposed Chicago bypass route that it wants to build.

The Board ruled that GLBT’s application is incomplete and rejected the company’s effort to designate its list of its 10 principal stockholders and their respective holdings as confidential.

GLBT was given until June 22 to provide additional information including a more complete list of the counties and cities in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin that the rail line would serve.

The proposed freight-only route would extend for 261 miles between Northwest Indiana to southern Wisconsin.

GLBT had argued that its list of shareholders contained proprietary and commercially sensitive information, and confidential personal information. If that information was disclosed, GLBT said, it could have an adverse impact on GLBT and its principals.

In its filing with the STB, GLBT has said that the rail line, if built, will be grade separated from intersecting railroad lines and major highways, but would interchange with the six Class 1 railroads serving Chicago along with six regional railroads at 26 interchange points.

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