Private Money for East-West Rail Study?
This week's North Coast Journal looks at efforts of a group to come up with $300,000 of private money for yet another study on the feasibility of an east- west rail line. I'm not sure what they expect to find after a previous study costing something like $20,000 concluded the idea wasn't workable.
I've wrote here before I don't think the idea will work for at least a couple reasons:
I don't think Humboldt Bay is big enough to handle the kind of shipping needed to make rail worthwhile. The only usable area is between the channel, then north to the Samoa Bridge. Of that area, most seems to be very shallow. Take a look at it during low tide.
Not enough room for the kind of large ship traffic needed. I could be wrong on that, and actually hope I am.
Second, this is California, the State of No. There would likely be so many environmental groups suing to stop the project it would never get off the ground.
But, more power to them. I appreciate their efforts to bring additional commerce to the area.