Decided: August 30, 2017
On May 1, 2017, as supplemented on June 21, 2017, Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. (GLBT), filed an application pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 10901 and 49 C.F.R §§ 1150.1-10 seeking authority from the Board to construct and operate an approximately 261-mile rail line (the Line). According to GLBT, the proposed rail line would extend around the Chicago, Ill., area at a distance of 38 to 89 miles from downtown and pass through counties in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. For the reasons discussed below, the Board will reject GLBT’s application.