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 right-of-way is a right of all Californians. 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.