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NCRA Press Release March 9, 2009 DEIR for Lombar to Willits
Monday 9 Mar 2009, 02:38
Filed under: Marin, Mendocino, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Sonoma

North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) Chairman Allan Hemphill of Cloverdale today announced the release of NCRA’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for freight train operations on a 142 mile stretch of the Northwestern Pacific (NWP) line between Napa County (lombard) and Willits in Mendocino County (The Russian River Division). $35 million in state funds has already been invested to repair the first 62 miles of the line from the national rail interchange near American Canyon (lombard) to Windsor with freight service scheduled to begin on this phase in October. The NCRA has applied for $36 million in federal economic stimulus funds to continue repairs North to Willits. Today’s submittal of the DEIR begins a 45-day comment period under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which allows the public to respond to NCRA’s plans to restart freight service. A public hearing on the DEIR has also been set for April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center. Before railroad operations commence, the NCRA Board of Directors must respond to all public comments and incorporate the responses in a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) which the Board of Directors must certify. “This 2 volume document cost $3.5 million to complete and painstakingly analyzes every potential impact of train service on the Russian River Division between the interchange with the Union Pacific (lombard) and Willits,” Hemphill said. “What’s clear from the DEIR is that trains will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, take trucks off of 101, save energy and provide a cost-effective means to ship goods in and out of the North Coast,” he said. The DEIR projects three round-trip freight trains per week shipping feed grains, building materials, wine and other general merchandise increasing to three roundtrips per day by the second or third year of operations. The public can review the Executive Summary of the DEIR on NCRA’s website



Has the companies looking to ship grain, building materials, wine, etc. shown an interest in this route? I wasn’t aware that Willits was producing alot of product.

Comment by Anonn

Marin County Farm Bureau sent a series of letters in favor of freight.

Novato Advance

To Marin County Board of Supervisors

Petaluma shippers and people wanting freight to return.

Per minutes of Apr 2008 NCRA Meeting.
The following speakers addressed the Board to voice their support for the resumption of
freight rail service on the North Coast:
Peter MacRae, Tom Slivka, John Barry, Barry Buckley, Steve Mahrt, Nicholas Matteis, Jerry
Peters, Bill Kortum, Nick Tibbetts, Efren Carrillo, Mike Pechner, Pat OHalloran, John Marten,
Harrie Yager, David Schonbrunn, Jerry Peters, Arnold Riebli, Jose Mendoza Jr.,
Jeff Casey, Mitchell Mulas.

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