Boone County Board Approves Letter Opposing Great Lakes Basin Railroad

May 19, 2016

Proposed route for the GLBR
Credit Susan Stephens

  The Boone County Board voted 10 to 1 in favor of a letter opposing the Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports that the document details various objections to "livability, including land loss, water quality, noise, and insurance costs.  It stands in contrast to another letter board members were considering.  That document was not as detailed about what the board feared were threats to “livability.” 

District 2 Board Member Cathy Ward unsuccessfully lobbied her colleagues to pass a resolution against the project, which she said would be stronger than a letter.   

The letter nowgoes to the Federal Service Transportation Board.