Local demos tout railbanking idea to ...

Local demos tout railbanking idea to NCRA; NCRA certifies EIR for southern end of line - Humboldt...

There are 6 comments on the Humboldt Beacon story from Jun 23, 2011, titled Local demos tout railbanking idea to NCRA; NCRA certifies EIR for southern end of line - Humboldt.... In it, Humboldt Beacon reports that:

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee passed a resolution urging the North Coast Railroad Authority to consider railbanking as a concept in what it calls an effort "to protect and preserve the railroad right-of-way for future use - if and when freight service can be restored to the line ...

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Knightsen, CA

#1 Jun 23, 2011
This particular trail plan is outrageous. It presupposes that the NCRA will just hand it over to a bunch of unknowns who have no demonstrated ability to manage the trails. Also, the Eel River corridor (where tracks pass through) aren't where there are roads, spotty cell phone coverage, etc. Trails group looks to Uncle Sam to foot entire bill. A much smaller rails to trails effort might work, but not this one. I can't see people walking/jogging/bike riding in the middle of nowhere where there are no services.
W Burford

Hayward, CA

#2 Jun 23, 2011
With gas slated to go over $5 this year, it is really time to bring back rail transportation to the North Coast.
From what I've seen of the results of scrap iron dealers being allowed to pull up the tracks, what remains is just the gravel that was already there dragged over and a healthy crop of noxious weeds brought in by their equipment.
Let NCRA know that the majority of citizens in the area want the trains back asap. One trip to the grocery store should convince you that hauling in by truck isn't going to work any longer, just look at the prices over the last couple of months.
The rail banking scam has not worked out in other places why would it here? Don't be duped.
Mike Buettner

United States

#3 Jun 23, 2011
"The rail banking scam has not worked out in other places why would it here?"

Really? Like where?

Hayward, CA

#4 Jun 23, 2011
If the railroad tracks are replaced with a trail it will be a real windfall for the illegal agricultural enterprises in North Mendocino and South Humboldt Counties. But anyone foolish enough to try to hike on what would become the major cannibus artery through the Emerald Triangle probably would never be heard from again.

NCRA ha already said no to rail banking. Trying to pack their board with people supported by drug cartels after the fact won't change their policy. It might bring back a stronger DEA presence however.

Knightsen, CA

#5 Jul 6, 2011
A recent Letter the the Editor (Humboldt Beacon) brought up the fact that a network of roads would have to be put in linking 101 to rail bed areas for every mile or two of highway. That would be necessary because there's no way to access rail bed areas now, and the roads would be used for "eco-tourists" (or drug dealers), emergency medical and police, etc. Also, most likely, a series of small ER-style shelters would have to be built and medical personnel would have to be employed. Then, since there's no cell phone coverage in the canyon, cell phone towers would have to be installed. The big question is: who would pay for all of this? Also, there's no potable water out there, food, and what about bears and mount lions? Lastly, the petition that was passed around in favor of trails is bogus. Anyone (underage kids, illegals, convicts, retarded, etc) can sign it, and there's no verification of signatures. I agree with Robert in above blog.

Oakland, CA

#6 Aug 13, 2012
How about the people who actually own the property the railroad passes through? The railroad has an easement, it does not own the railroad. I am sure they are just thrilled to give legal access to their homes and houses. Probably not. If the owner is growing illicit substances on their own property I am sure they will welcome the guests. If they are or are not growing illicit substances and the trail hikers decide to start "visiting" and using the limited water supplies I am sure the trail hikers will be so welcome. Is the railroad actually going to come in and retrofit their falling apart trestles and if they don't who is going to pay for someone falling through the trestles? Who is going to clear the slides that block the trail?

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