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Submitted by: Bill Bertain
Humboldt Eastern Railroad LLC and Pacific Northwestern Railroad announce port and rail project Submitted by: Bill Bertain, President, HERR Humboldt Eastern Railroad, LLC. (HERR) is attempting to raise $10 million locally in seed money from local investors to kick start the efforts of Pacific Charter Financial Services Co. (PCFS) for the $10-plus billion privately financed rail and port project of Pacific Northwest Railroad (PNR). PNR intends to construct a 220 mile, dual track, green railroad from the deep water port of Humboldt to the national rail network near Red Bluff in the Central Valley. Doing so will establish a vibrant “land bridge” connecting Asia and the Pacific Rim countries with America’s Midwest, East Coast, and Central Valley.
The route capacity is projected for four 100 car double-stacked trains daily each way. The trains will be pulled by locomotives powered by liquid hydrogen and emit nothing except water and limited amounts of heat.
The Project specifies three modern, green, highly automated marine terminals and docks, with a minimum total of 3,000 ft. of wharfage on the Samoa Peninsula’s five miles of bay frontage. Dock equipment will be powered by electricity or hydrogen fuel. With over 800 under-utilized acres of land zoned Coastal Dependent Industrial in the Samoa Peninsula, including a Foreign Trade Zone, the marine terminals will employ approximately 700 Longshoremen and warehouse workers. The facility will be intermodal and handle primarily containers.
HERR’s purpose is to demonstrate local financial support for PCFS’ and PNR’s project to: the key regulator agency, the US DOT’s Surface Transportation Board (STB); to the bond and equity markets; and to the general public regionally for the project. With the Ports of LA, Long Beach, and Oakland suffering from large and continuing problems with congestion and pollution, PNR’s proposal for a state of the art rail and port facility on Humboldt Bay is timely and can demonstrate “efficiencies and greenness” not available to the larger ports.
The port and rail project will provide significant economic benefits to our region, including a vast industrial base with private sector jobs providing medical benefits that can help recruit and retain sufficient medical doctors. With the expected increase in business activity and economic transactions, both direct and residual, improved air travel services are also likely. Those interested in a better future for our children and grandchildren here in Humboldt County and seeking more information can email humboldteasternrr@ gmail.com or call 443- 5078 and materials will be provided.