Railroadies revive East-West line idea
“We’re not saying it should happen, we just want to take a look,” said attorney Bill Barnum. He said the idea was originally hatched 140 years ago but lost out to rail construction that connected Eureka south to the San Francisco bay area where the demand for timber spiked after the 1906 earthquake.
Barnum said it hasn’t been determined who would do the study — or who would pay for it — but he wants to get people talking about whether they support the study.
Councilwoman Linda Atkins said she supports the idea of a study but wants private funds to pay for it.
Barnum was joined by members of RAPIT (Rail and Port Infrastructure Taskforce), Bill Bertain and Pete Oringer, who said the need for jobs and infrastructure would be boosted by an East-West line.
No action was taken by the Council, but Councilman Mike Newman said he wants to see it back on the agenda in January so they can vote on a resolution.
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