North Coast Railroad Authority

Legal Update

The California Supreme Court heard our case against the NCRA challenging their failure to conduct thorough environmental review in San Francisco on May 3.  We expect a decision from the court this summer.

The team, feeling pretty positive after our hearing at the California Supreme Court on May 3.

Click here to learn more about our case.


Construction began on the Northwest Pacific Railroad in 1906 and was completed in 1914. The inaugural run and golden spike ceremony were delayed by a landslide, an appropriate start for a rail line in such a geologically fragile location as the Eel River Canyon.

In 1989 the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) was established by the California Legislature and tasked with saving the rail line from total abandonment.

The Northwest Pacific Railroad was the first railroad to be officially closed by the Federal Railroad Authority. At the time of closure in 1998, the railroad contained more than 208 damaged areas along the 216 miles of track and was within numerous violations of the Fish and Game Code, Health and Safety Code and the Water Code, all meant to protect our Public Trust resources.