Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. (GLBT) is seeking authority from the Surface Transportation Board (Board) to construct and operate an approximately 261-mile rail line. According to GLBT, the proposed rail line would extend generally from a point near Pinola, Indiana through Illinois to a point near Milton, Wisconsin and would connect with existing Class I railroads. GLBT states that the project is intended to relieve Chicago-area shipping congestion by creating a bypass for through traffic not destined for or originating in the Chicago area.
The Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed rail line. GLBT requested a suspension of the environmental review process on December 1, 2016 while it completed its application to the Board. OEA will update the public when GLBT requests that OEA resume the environmental review process.
To assist in determining the scope of the EIS, OEA held ten public meetings in the project area and one public meeting online, during which interested parties had opportunities to learn more about the project and to convey oral comments.
- GLBT filed its application on May 1, 2017.
OEA will issue a Final Scope of Study for the preparation of the Draft EIS, taking into consideration all comments received during the scoping comment period. OEA will update the public once a range of reasonable alternatives has been defined and will invite comment from the public on those alternatives prior to issuance of the Final Scope of Study.
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