Rail service on NWP held up by agency fighting

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Freight service on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in California’s Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties is on hold until two public agencies can agree on operating rules. Last week members of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Board said they would not support reopening the line until they reach a settlement with the North Coast Railroad Authority, which wants to restore freight service. The transit board wants an operating agreement in place before trains return to the line, which was shut down in 2001 when the Federal Railroad Administration ruled the storm-damaged railroad was unsafe.

The North Coast Railroad Authority has spent more than $68 million to repair the track between Napa County and Windsor. The authority began repairs in 2005 and chose NWP Co. in 2006 to provide the freight service. The authority is now ready to ask the Federal Railroad Administration to reopen the segment, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. NWP Co. said it could start freight service by the end of the year if it gets approval.

The transit board, which owns the track south of Healdsburg, plans to run commuter trains in Sonoma and Marin counties starting in 2014.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Freight service on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in California’s Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties is on hold until two public agencies can agree on operating rules. Last week members of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Board said they would not support reopening the line until they reach a settlement with the North Coast Railroad Authority, which wants to restore freight service. The transit board wants an operating agreement in place before trains return to the line, which was shut down in 2001 when the Federal Railroad Administration ruled the storm-damaged railroad was unsafe.

The North Coast Railroad Authority has spent more than $68 million to repair the track between Napa County and Windsor. The authority began repairs in 2005 and chose NWP Co. in 2006 to provide the freight service. The authority is now ready to ask the Federal Railroad Administration to reopen the segment, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. NWP Co. said it could start freight service by the end of the year if it gets approval.

The transit board, which owns the track south of Healdsburg, plans to run commuter trains in Sonoma and Marin counties starting in 2014.
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