Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feds OK return of freight trains in North Bay

Federal rail regulators Thursday lifted a 10-year-old embargo on freight traffic over the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties, setting the stage for a return of cargo trains later this year.
The Federal Railroad Authority said the railroad south of Windsor meets U.S. safety standards following a $68 million repair project.
“FRA's decision is great news,” said Hal Wagenet, chairman of the North Coast Railroad Authority, the public agency responsible for cargo service. Continued

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