MARCH 18, 2016
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.
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."
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. http://www.greatlakesbasin.net/#!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
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
public information meetings:
If you can not attend one of the meetings, your comments may be directed to the following:
By E-mail: email@example.com
By Phone: 202-245-0294
If you have any comments
regarding the subject of this E-Update, please feel free to contact me.
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