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Thursday, September 6, 2007


North Coast Railroad Reality Check

Hearing on Wednesday, August 29

The North Coast Railroad Authority is holding a public scoping hearing in preparation for an Environmental Impact Report on restoring rail service from Willits south to Lombard. Wait a second – NCRA already requested funding for rail all the way north to Samoa. Aren’t they supposed to include the whole project, including Humboldt County? The answer is yes – and we plan to raise this concern at the scoping hearing in a few weeks. Join us for the hearing – we’re planning a carpool caravan to Santa Rosa:

Railroad Scoping Hearing
Wednesday, August 29th, 7:00-9:00pm
Santa Rosa City Hall
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa

You can also send us your comments on the proposed railway project and we’ll bring them to Santa Rosa for you. Talking points are below – or contact us for more information at 268-0664 or email Pete.

Talking Points for Railroad Scoping Hearing
* Economic feasibility for the defined rail project depends upon the full stretch from Lombard to Samoa – how can we evaluate the impacts of half a project?
* Funding has been requested for the full project – so why is the environmental study only addressing half the project?
* NCRA has been inconsistent in its statements about the timeline for the project. What criteria will be used to determine the accuracy of planning and timing for this project?

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