GLBT Clarifies Location of Proposed Rail Line

Great Lakes Basin Transportation has told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board that its proposed Chicago bypass route will not be built through any major population areas of incorporated cities.

The information was given to the board this week in response to a request for additional information about the proposed route, which will extend from northwest Indiana to southern Wisconsin.

GLBT officials said the line will pass through Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, LaSalle, Grundy and Kankakee counties in Illinois; Lake, Porter and LaPorte in Indiana; and Rock in Wisconsin.

However, the line is expected to pass through some areas of the incorporated municipalities of Kingsbury and Lowell, Indiana; and Rochelle and Rockford, Illinois.

“It should be kept in mind that the purpose of the line is to expedite freight shipments originating and terminating on other carriers around the congested Chicago area,” GLBT officials said in the filing. “To minimize environmental impacts, GLBT located its proposed line to avoid cities and existing homes outside city limits to the maximum extent possible.”

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