Submitted by: Bill Bertain, President, HERR
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.
We believe that the following benefits of a port and rail “land bridge” as proposed by PNR can be expected:
1) A significant private industrial base for our area.
2) Good, decent paying jobs which provide a living wage, enabling families to be formed, and generating future local employment for our children and grandchildren. Better schools and other improved educational opportunities will likely result.
3) With a healthy industrial base, private sector jobs with medical benefits are expected to increase with the result that sufficient medical doctors can be recruited and retained.
4) Local government entities can be expected to experience justifiable growth in revenue from greater economic activity, which should lead to enhanced government services, repaired County roads, and healthy infrastructure improvements such as trails along with better-financed public transportation.
5) The improved economic situation will encourage investment by entrepreneurs with the resulting increase in employment at living wage jobs and a reduction in empty store fronts. The number of high-paying jobs generated with the construction of the railroad and the marine terminals is expected to be large.
6) Expected benefits for timber owners and mill operators should be significant. The value of timber produced in Humboldt County is estimated to increase by at least 8% because rail transport to major markets is expected to make locally produced lumber more competitive.
7) The cost of transporting goods into and out of Humboldt County is expected to decrease, likely resulting in better profit margins and sustainability for local businesses.
8) With the expected increase in business activity and economic transactions, both direct and residual, improved air travel service is also likely.
9) A healthier economy can provide the material assistance needed to reduce and cope with societal ills such as homelessness, substance and child abuse, school dropout rates, and despair.
10) Restoration of hope, optimism, and determination among the people of Humboldt County can be anticipated.