STB extends comment period for proposed Great Lakes line, proposes rate case rulemaking


The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has extended the public comment deadline on a draft environmental study for Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc.’s proposed freight-rail line from June 15 to July 15.

In April, the OEA issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and initiate the scoping process for the proposed 278-mile line, which would run through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The office later extended the public comment period from May 16 to June 15. However, no additional extensions will be granted, STB officials said in a decision issued June 10.

Great Lakes Basin plans to construct the line around the Chicago area — from LaPorte, Ind., through Illinois to Milton, Wis. — to speed up freight transportation moves and provide additional capacity for growing rail traffic, according to the company’s website. The line would alleviate shipping congestion by creating a bypass…

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