Proposed Chicago Rail Line Project Draws Fire for Inclusion of Toll Road Component

Post-Tribune (via Chicago Tribune) reports that several state and regional officials were unfamiliar with the toll road proposal put forward by Great Lakes Basin Transportation (GLBT) before it was reported in the press, and they are questioning whether it is feasible.

Beloit Daily News reports that Rock Against The Rail, a grassroots group opposed to GLBT’s proposal to build a new Chicago region freight rail line, claims that including a private toll expressway and an airport in the project is “underhanded and deceitful. The new additions change things substantially. We’re disappointed they did not divulge these things earlier.”

Rockford Register Star reports that “the federal government has not considered approval of a railroad of this size and scope in more than a century” and notes that a group of project opponents has asked the transportation board to extend the public comment period beyond the present June 5 deadline. The group’s lawyer “is also asking for more time to respond to Great Lakes’ proposal to keep its stockholders’ names confidential.”