Parent Communication Regarding Proposed Rail Line

April 8, 2016

The following message was sent out to all parents and staff members regarding informational meetings on the proposed Great Basin railroad line and the impact on our school community:

By now you have heard about the rail line proposed by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, INC that would be laid through our community.  The rail line would enter Lake County from Illinois between 185th and 197th and travel the length of our community.  We believe it will pass south of Lake Prairie Elementary School by approximately ¾ of a mile and would butt up against the west and south boundaries of Lowell Middle School, then dip south of Belshaw as it heads to Porter County.  The proposed capacity of the rail line is 110 trains per day which is essentially 13 trains per hour with about 2-3 minutes between trains.  This will have a huge impact on the health, safety, and learning of our students, not to mention the impact on farms, homes, income, and environment.  I encourage you to become involved in preventing this rail line to occur.

An organization and information meeting will be held Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 at the County Highway Garage on US 41 just south of Route 2.  This would be a great place to learn more about the proposed rail line and how we might work together to protect our children, our farms, our homes, and our way of life. 

I also encourage you to attend the Surface Transportation Board Hearing scheduled for 5:30, Tuesday, April 12th at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall on Morse Street in Lowell.  The more people they see, the more they will be impacted as numbers count.

Thank you,

Dr. Debra K. Howe
Tri-Creek School Corporation