That's not my point, Uri. You're dodging the question of the best path of economic development for this area.
Uri, have you heard of Fox Racing Shox for mountain bikes in Watsonville, CA? Giro Helmets in Santa Cruz, CA? "Santa Cruz" bikes? What about the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA? 50,000 spectators show up. There are all kinds of accessories, apparel, energy drinks. It's BIG business.
My job sees an increase from tourists every season.
Simpson is giving away industrial property on Humboldt Bay! Nobody is interested! If this doesn't clue you in that the east/west rail and shipping port is not on the radar then there is no hope for this area.
If the $300k is wasted on the east/west rail study for the repeated $1.5 billion cost estimate, then can we abandon the heavy industrial empire dream? Look at other areas that have jumped on recreation and tourism through mountain biking, biking and hiking. It leads to small business and light manufacturing growth along with increased property values. This area will continue to stay retarded with" the heavy industrial empire or nothing" mentality.
Name one legit investor, company, corporation or port authority that has shown interest in connecting Humboldt Bay to rail.............................................................................
Eureka was established in 1851 and still, to this date, no one has attempted to develop it into a shipping hub.
Look at Humboldt Bay on Google Maps and compare it to the Bay Area. Small, isolated, surrounded by unstable geography and it has a risky entrance. Doesn't appear to be suited for the shipping business.
Hmmm, being an elected official and or having high credentials doesn't seem to mean you're not a moron.
What a sad loss for this area. Politics, nostalgic feelings, stupidity and special interest groups(NCRA) are preventing the railbanking of the north/south line as it decays to a total loss.
Having the freedom to travel over a large territory and see things up close and personal without being behind a windshield or risking being ran over or shot at is a rare thing to have most anywhere on this planet. Though not the answer to everything, railbanking would be a great catalyst for the local economy.
No, wait! We need a better $200k study done. This one is not accurate.
No, wait! We'll get a TIGER grant to cover the billion dollar deficit.
No, wait! If we just build it first and ignore the facts they will come out of nowhere and it will magically turn a profit.
No, wait. We can easily handle 4,000 rail cars full of LNG a day or 8,000 cars full of coal a day.
No, wait. Laser technology is making amazing progress. We can bore tunnels through the mountains in a few days.
A 10 percent annual return to investors on a billion dollar investment like this would be over $277,000 per day plus operating costs like wages,fuel,maintenance,repairs and insurance.Total daily revenue needed could easily be over $400,000.If they made $1,000.00 per car of coal they would need 400 train cars per day everyday 365 days a year.The rail corridor on the peninsula is too thin to have coming and going tracks.They would be diverted towards Old Town.The bay is way too small.Only has room for a few shipping berths.This would be like trying to keep a whale in a pond.
The Confusion Hill Bypass alone cost $70,000,000. This ain't gonna happen.
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