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A group for people who would love to see the NWP start serving Healdsburg's SYAR quarry and other industries.
Location: Healdsburg, CA
Latest Activity: Mar 7
Started by Joe. Last reply by Tommytommy Sep 29, 2014.
Thanks for the link Richard! The letter writing campaign sounds great, just let me know and I and my family will do what we can! I am so anxious to get the line running to Ukiah and Redwood Valley, and eventually Willits I can taste it, especially when I see news stories every day of shortlines and passenger ops getting Tiger Grants, lines that sat dormant for 20 years or more starting up again, lines that were pulled up being relaid, etc. This area is beautiful, but the glacial speed at which things move is as annoying as watching grass grow, and the "unique" people in Marin County don't help things. Text me too anytime, at 707-752-7449 or 707-689-9546.
Right now I have to believe that the NCRA and NWP crew are busy with the preparation of the documents for a TIGER grant from the USDOT. If you wnat to know more about this and the requirements that they have to fulfill, go to: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach
I absolutely agree with you about the need and suggest that in two months we may want to organize a letter writing campaign once the documents have been submitted.
Sadly it is all very political right now about railroads.
Time is sure wasting, it's time to get service going to Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Redwood Valley and WIllits going ASAP! Our economy and the businesses up here need it open, the lumber, gravel and other industries especially. I am working on contacting the North Coast Railroad here in Ukiah, as well as our Congressman, Jared Huffman. I really appreciate you helping on this, you deserve some major kudos Rich!
That's an awesome idea on the conference call with Jake and the NWP guys, if and when you can get it going, let me know and I and my dad will both call in and help out!
I was up in the Valley today and in Geyserville along the RoW and see so many opportunities for an aggressive short line. Do you think they have the perspective to "think outside of the box" which is what those TIGER slides are encouraging?
I sent my ideas to Jake on what I thought the DOT was looking for in awarding TIGER funds but I never received a response. I don't need his response but I expect he and John to be creative in defining what they are proposing to do with their grant.
You know that Sonoma and somewhat Mendocino counties are some of the leading areas of the US in their experimentation in areas like sustainability, design and of course agriculture and all of that must be included in the grant. They are also high growth areas that need heavy materials for this growth and that is best hauled by rail.
I was once again overwhelmed in the traffic on a weekday by all of the trucks going north on 101 hauling items that could easily go via rail.
As I have written so many times before, those members of this site interested seriously in promoting the success of the NWP MUST write their state and federal legislators and ask them to support an NWP/NCRA TIGER grant (assuming that they do submit).
BTW do you think that Jake would be willing to have a short conference call to discuss how we might do this? Do I need to go down to the Woodside Consulting office again?
Time is a'wasting.
Re: 2015 US DOT TIGER funding for moving the NWP north from Windsor, there has been a series of webinars presented this month. To see what NCRA/NWP has to do to be in the running for funding, this is the w-site:
Remember to contact Jared Huffman too-
Well a part of this story is now public, i.e. that the court has dismissed the environmental hurdle which was in the way of the NCRA. But in order to extend the RoW out of Windsor, they still need up front capital to renew the tracks north thru Healdsburg and onto their own RoW.
Again as I have written before, the NWP needs all of you Sonoma Cty members of this site to write letters to your local Congressman Mike Thompson, (http://mikethompson.house.gov/contact). Without his support the NWP will not receive the funding they need to move north.
Copy Senator Boxer as well.
I didn't mean to suggest that there is nothing we can do. i was just making a general statement. The lettering writing and attending meetings are great. My oldest needed to attend a public meeting for a class and i recomended one of the SMART meetings to him. I would love to see the trains running through Windsor again and like everyone else wish it would happen tomorrow.
Congratulations on the sons Chad.
But as John Williams told me there is something ""we" can do"and that is to contact our Senators and Congress people and ask them to support this new birth. I think you have said here that you have done so.
I STRONGLY urge others on this site to take the time to do so as well. I have a pending appeal which I can't divulge right now, to get some extraordinary funding for the NCRA. As soon as I can, I'll need everybody to write something tbd.
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