MARCH 18, 2016

Great Lakes Basin Rail Line Proposal

I recently became aware of a significant railroad infrastructure project that will impact people and property in eastern Rock County.  I would like to take this opportunity to share with constituents the information that my office has been able to compile related to the project, including upcoming opportunities for public input. 

The route was initially proposed to run through western Rock County.  On February 29, 2016 the company released a new map of the route through eastern Rock County.  I was not aware of this proposed plan until approximately two weeks ago, and I have many questions and concerns.  I know many residents may still not even be aware of this proposal, so I invite you to share this information with others and stay tuned to local media and use the links provided in the sections below for additional information.



Project Description

This is a private project for which federal review by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will be required. According to a Notice- (click here) posted this morning on the Federal Register -"Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. (GLBT) plans to file either a petition for exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502, or an application pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10901, seeking authority from the STB to construct and operate an approximately 278-mile rail line. According to GLBT, the proposed rail line would extend generally from near La Porte, Indiana through Illinois to near Milton, Wisconsin and would connect with existing Class I railroads."

Route Map

Here is a link to a route map posted by the company that you can use to zoom in to see individual properties, roads, creeks, etc.!our-route/w9ywu

  The company has submitted a narrative description of the project, including a description of individual segments of the route.  The route enters Wisconsin at Mile Post (MP) 220 - which is referenced on pages 18 and 19 of the narrative document.  The document was submitted to the STB on March 7, 2016.  Cover Letter  Narrative

Public Meetings and Comment Period

The Surface Transportation Board will be hosting public information meetings to gather information regarding the impact of the project. The notice of intent, when and where meetings are held, where to send public comments, scope, possible environmental issues and more can all be found by clicking here.

 Nearby public information meetings:
Janesville: April 18, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., in the Craig High School cafeteria, 401 South Randall St.
Rockford: April 19, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., in the Cherry Valley Fire Station #2 hall, 4919 Blackhawk Rd.

  If you can not attend one of the meetings, your comments may be directed to the following:

By Mail: Dave Navecky
Office of Environmental Analysis, Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street SW.
Washington, DC 20423-0001

By E-mail:

By Phone: 202-245-0294

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