$8 Billion 'Chicago Bypass' Freight Line Proposed
The Associated Press reports on current status of a proposal to build an $8 billion, 278-mile freight line from Indiana to Wisconsin intended to relieve freight congestion around Chicago.
The U.S Surface Transportation Board has begun public hearings on the proposals in towns and counties along the proposed routes. Porter County has already officially opposed the project.
An earlier AP report provides more details on the project, which is backed by a private developer and could handle 110 trains a day, running 24 hours. In effect, the project would create a bypass of Chicago, where many trains just pass through without stopping, according to the article.