Opponents Want STB to Reject Chicago Bypass

Opponents are rallying their forces to oppose a proposed rail bypass route being built around Chicago.

The groups have asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to reject a plan by Great Lakes Basin Transportation to build a proposed 261-mile freight railroad route that would extend from northwest Indiana to southern Wisconsin and run through Illinois to the west of Chicago.

Lack of funding for development of the line and lack of commitment from Class 1 railroads to using it were among the arguments cited by such groups as Residents Against the Invasion of Land by Eminent Domain.

Opponents have also talked about loss of farmland and environmental issues.

The STB is currently reviewing the application for authorization to build the rail line, which is estimated to cost as much as $2.8 billion.

In filing made last month, GLBT reported it had a net worth of $151 in 2016 and spend heavily on fees that year to lawyers and consultants.

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