Kinzinger Statement on Great Lakes Basin Rail Proposal

Washington, DC: – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) responded to the announcement that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) had rejected the Great Lakes Basin Transportation (GLBT) rail line proposal.  The rail line would have run through parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Applauding this decision, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

“On behalf of my constituents, I applaud the decision by the Surface Transportation Board to reject the rail line project proposed by the Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc.  I’ve received hundreds of calls, emails, and letters from folks concerned with the construction of this rail line and the potential impact it would have on their lives, homes, and lands. I stand with my constituents in rejecting the demand, need and financial viability of this project.

“Additionally, this expansive route would run through IL-16 communities and would be severely detrimental to farmland across northern Illinois. The costs to our farmland outweigh any benefit from this proposed project. Again, I’m pleased by the STB decision today, and encourage all rail stakeholders to work on improving our infrastructure and efficiency within the existing network.”

NOTE: Earlier this year, Congressman Kinzinger sent a letter (attached) to the STB Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Commissioner, urging them to do a full review of the GLBT rail line project and to fully consider the grave concerns of IL-16 residents, and all who live in the path of the proposed rail line, and the lack of demonstrated need for this construction.

Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635)

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