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Feds, public to hear plan to reduce rail congestion around Chicago

A proposed 278-mile rail line billed as relief for freight and traffic congestion in the Chicago area is getting a hearing next month from a federal regulator, even as one potential customer said it’s not interested.

The Surface Transportation Board, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has scheduled public meetings in April to get input on the three-state proposal, partly due to its potential for “significant environmental impacts.

Its developer, Great Lakes Basin Transportation, hasn’t publicly divulged its funding sources, but said it envisions the privately financed freight rail project to run in relatively sparsely populated areas from near La Porte, Ind., to Milton, Wis., and to connect with existing major railroads…”Please click here to read Becky Yerak’s story in the Tribune.

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