Guest post from rail advocate Monte Provolt: Second installment of questions I have been receiving.
Answer. The NCRA has stated they have no plans to connect Humboldt Bay to the National rail system in the foreseeable future.
Question. Where can I find shipping times from Asia to Humboldt Bay versus other west coast ports?
Answer. The former Director of Maritime Commerce from the Humboldt Bay Harbor District calculated the following distances from Hong Kong to several California ports if traveling at 25 knots.
Humboldt Bay, 5868 Nautical miles, 9 days.
Oakland, 6147 Nautical miles, 10 days.
Long Beach, 6363, Nautical miles, 11 days.
San Diego, 6534, Nautical miles, 11 days.
Question, Did the Humboldt Bay Harbor District have the authority to consider the East West Rail Route?
Answer. The District appears to have had the authority and guidance necessary to support a study of the East West Rail Route as detailed below in excerpts from:
Appendix II of the California Harbors and Navigation code;
The District current Strategic Plan (2007*2011);
The Humboldt Bay Management Plan.
Question. Would building a new Railroad open the region to corporate influence and destroy our culture here?
Answer. The East West rail feasibility study is intended to help enhance our “culture”, with an improved economy. It is our goals to maintain as much local control of our destiny as possible, while developing living wage jobs that will enable people to support their families.
History shows that having a good economy is the best way to avoid being “colonized” by outsiders, much like what is happening now with the Cannabis industry.