East-West rail and a tale of two Daves
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will get a presentation by the City of Eureka on a possible East-West railroad feasibility study, because Eureka is “taking the lead” on the issue.
This according to Dave Hull, former CEO of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. Hull was fired from the job last year but continues to lead a call for big port/rail development.
Supervisor Virginia Bass said she has asked Eureka City Manager to appear before the Supes at Tuesday’s meeting to talk East-West rail, but Tyson sent Hull as his stand-in.
Supervisor Mark Lovelace said there isn’t much need for a feasibility study because engineers could certainly build the line. Instead he said the question is why the line would be built in the first place when the market hasn’t asked for it.
“I’ve asked for specific examples [of who would use the railroad ] but haven’t heard any,” he said. “It’s hard to prove something based on anecdotes.”
Lovelace said a demand aggregation study would be more useful. “I don’t believe ‘if we build it they will come,'” he said.
Nevertheless, the railroad wizards at the City of Eureka (or maybe it will be Hull, who apparently speaks for the City on this issue) will make a presentation on the physical feasibility for Supes at an upcoming, yet-to-be-scheduled board meeting.