environmental impact

Great Lakes Basin Transportation / greatlakesbasin.net

Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. was granted a pause in the environmental review process for its $8 billion project.   

The proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad would loop from southern Wisconsin to western Indiana in order to bypass congested Chicago freight lines.   However, the route needs to be approved by the federal Surface Transportation Board in an environmental impact statement before any construction can begin.  

A series of five public hearings will be held this month to seek comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for high-speed rail from Chicago to St. Louis.

Alternatives for accommodating higher speeds and additional round trips were narrowed down based on criteria that included residential and commercial impacts, travel time reductions, safety and environmental impacts.