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Ready to haul freight again | | The Press Democrat | Santa Rosa, CA
Sunday 1 Nov 2009, 05:11
Filed under: Marin, NCRA, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Sonoma

After years of delay, a state-funded rail agency has finished repairing the Northwestern Pacific freight line in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties, paving the way for a return of cargo service early next year.

Meanwhile, three environmental groups are threatening legal action to stop the freight service, arguing the rail authority hasn’t weighed all the impacts.

The groups — the Environmental Protection Information Center, Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics — also said the authority has taken no action to clean up polluted rail yards.


Note: NCRA has started clean up, but has been delayed due to lack of funds. Governor vetoed last funding to clean up these sites.

Freight service could start by next March, according to NCRA.

The railroad’s private operator, NWP Co., will be ready when it gets the go-ahead, said John Williams, the company’s president. But the timing remains uncertain, he said.

“I’m reluctant to tell anybody — including the shipping community — that we’re going to start on a specific date,” Williams said. “They’re not going to shift from trucking if they’re not sure we’re going to be there.”

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An operational rail line will offer a great savings hauling contaminated soils away from these old rail yard sites rather than using trucks. sometimes the Enviros need to look at the bigger picture, trains can be a greener way to do things in the long run.

Comment by Big Al

Too bad the invironmentalists don’t use that same kind of common sense…

Comment by Joshua Woods

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