Support the Humboldt Bay Trail
The NCRA dug it’s heels in the mud again at yesterday’s meeting in Eureka. Details here.
From the petition:
IT IS TIME FOR A HUMBOLDT BAY TRAIL! STOP THE NORTH COAST RAIL AUTHORITY FROM ‘RAILROADING’ OUR RIGHT TO PUBLIC ACCESS!
It has been nearly two decades since trains have run along Humboldt Bay and feasibility studies have shown it will never return.
Public access to OUR public resources is a right of all Californians. Our community is united in our resolve to have safe public trails for recreation and multi-modal transportation in the Humboldt Bay region.
For years, the NCRA, an agency created to serve the public, has prevented the implementation of this community-based vision for political and financial reasons.
Railbanking the railroad right-of-way north of Eureka will open the way for the development of a safe multi-modal trail between the two biggest population centers around the Bay for use by walkers, bike commuters, recreational cyclists, joggers, etc.
Railbanking the railroad right-of-way will serve as an appropriate next step in the development of a tourist train between Samoa and Arcata and museum in Samoa. Both the multi-modal trail and a tourist train/museum will be attractive to tourists.
This represents a more affordable solution (this is not the excessively expensive rail with trail option between Eureka and Arcata) that will allow the community to benefit from this asset rather than have the railroad right-of-way slowly decay.
A multi-modal trail has proven health benefits because it encourages individuals to get out, to exercise, to bike commute, etc.