Examiner readers and commenters, heres’s a lot more fodder for debate, so go ahead weigh in:
Rail is the most environmentally-friendly way to move freight over land.
Humboldt Bay’s deep-water harbor is the only California deep-water harbor or port with no connection to a railroad.
Humboldt Bay is a day closer in sailing time to or from Asia than any other port in California.
Over 80% of ships moving cargo in the Pacific Rim can use Humboldt’s deep-water harbor.
It is extremely unlikely that any other deep-water port could be built in California in the future.
Private sector investors will fund most of the building of the East West Railroad and additional port infra-structure.
Humboldt County will be able to “piggyback” on the East West Railroad to ship our goods in and out , helping to remove some competitive disadvantages faced by being so isolated from transportation hubs.
A locally-generated feasibility study is what private sector investors and decision makers are seeking.
Restore a vibrant economy to Humboldt County.
Assist economic development in Northern California Counties and the Sacramento valley.
Passenger trains, whistle stops, fiber optic lines, human and horse trails, fire suppression access, and more.
Being the most recently built, the rail and port system will be a state of the art, green port.
Question: What do we export from here that would warrant the money needed to build the rail line?
Answer: Building the rail line will be financed by imports from Asia, and exports from the United States. Access to the world markets for our local goods will be an added benefit.
Question: What business’s do we currently have that need the rail line to supply them?
Answer: Since nearly everything in Humboldt County has to be hauled in and out, it is likely almost all business’s will benefit from a more direct transportation route.
Question: What happens to the long hauler trucks that currently bring goods in?
Answer: In the last 10 to 15 years several trucking companies have left Humboldt County amounting to hundreds of jobs lost. Having a lousy economy hasn’t helped.
Nearly everything we consume here has to be hauled in. It is predicted by most experts, including Cal Trans, and the local trucking industry, that with the boost the railroad will bring, trucking will more than double.
Question: How do you plan to get the land for this boondocks boondoggle?
Answer: From willing land owners.
Question: From which taxpayers’ pockets do you expect to obtain the millions (or billions) of dollars needed for this choo-choo to nowhere?
Answer: If the taxpayers decide to build this railroad, it will come from them.
Question: How does “small government” fit in with this programme?
Answer: The more people working in the private sector means less need for Government programs resulting in smaller Government.
Question: If you really are feeling terribly constrained by the lack of a railroad here to do your business, please explain in detail why you and your business can’t move nearer to a train?
Answer: I am retired and do not run a business here. My interest in this endeavor is to bring back the healthy economy I remember in my youth. I would like to see our kids have the option to stay here and have living wage jobs.
Question: Are you willing to wait the 25+ years it will take to build this project to benefit some business you are in now?
Question: What was your IQ the last time it was tested?
Answer: I worked in sawmills and the woods for over thirty years, I am still alive, and have all my fingers.