Tag Archives: Railroad

Another look at rail line from Humboldt to Sacramento Valley

Jack Durham Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Although restoring rail service to Humboldt County was deemed “likely to be both high cost and high risk” in a 2013 feasibility study, rail enthusiasts are optimistic that a new study will paint a much rosier picture of building a line from Humboldt Bay to the Sacramento Valley.

Study: New rail is ‘high cost, high risk’

A draft feasibility study prepared for the county’s Harbor District has identified several challenges to railroad development and deemed it to be a “high cost and high risk” venture. Authored by the Washington-based BST Associates and the Portland-based Burgel Rail Group consulting firms, the draft study’s focus has disappointed rail advocates who believe imported manufactured

Stillman ousted from NCRA

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   Division over the viability of railroad development is sure to spike now that trails-friendly Arcata Councilmember Alex Stillman has been pulled off the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) Board of Directors. The committee that appoints a city representative to the NCRA board met July 16 to re-evaluate Stillman’s appointment,

Stillman’s NCRA appointment challenged

Arcata Councilmember Alex Stillman’s recent appointment to the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has disappointed railroad development advocates and one of them has questioned the appointment’s legality. The reaction to Stillman’s appointment has been strong enough to motivate the committee to re-examine it at its July 16 meeting. Stillman’s May 16 appointment to the NCRA’s

Supervisors pick harbor commissioner for North Coast Railroad Authority

Torn between two viable candidates, a majority of the Board of Supervisors has voted to appoint Harbor District Commissioner Richard Marks to the North Coast Railroad Authority’s Board of Directors. Although the second candidate, Arcata resident Dan Hauser, has extensive experience as a former state Assembly member and served as the railroad authority’s executive director

NCRA Withdraws EIR Certification

In a move that’s drawn divided interpretations, the North Coast Railroad Authority’s Board of Directors has voted to strike the certification of its environmental review of rail operations from Willits to Lombard. The action was described by representatives of the environmental groups that are suing the authority as a last-ditch effort to escape the requirements