Feds seek more information about Great Lakes Basin project

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CHICAGO — The Surface Transportation Board is looking for additional information from the backers of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, a proposed freight bypass around the Chicago area. NWI.com reports that the STB is asking Great Lakes Basin about the number of trains it plans to run on its proposed route through Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

In a letter dated Oct. 11, the federal agency also inquired about train sizes and speeds. Great Lakes Rail has until November to respond.

The proposed railroad would stretch nearly 280 miles from LaPorte, Ind., to Milton, Wis. While supporters say the railroad would help clear Chicago's congested rail lines, not everyone is excited about the idea. Vocal opposition groups have sprung up in recent years against the project. On Thursday, one such group planned to have a rally against the project at Winnebago, Ill., near where the proposed railroad would be built.

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