The Winter Wonderland
While the first phase of rail will be a short trolley connecting Grass Valley with Nevada City, route studies are underway which will eventually connect the Lake Tahoe region with Major Metropolitan areas nearby without the need to beg, borrow or lease railway from Union Pacific. These alternate rail routes will make it possible for people to have vacation destinations in the Sierra, including resorts like Squaw Valley.
The International Olympics Committe has already made it clear that the Lake Tahoe - Reno area could be considered for future Winter Olympics if, and only if rail connectivity is developed. Yet, myopic transportation planning agencies continue to ignore the benefits that rail development will have on their respective areas.
The environmental damage that is widely known regarding the Lake Tahoe basin would be greatly mitigated by a rail system connecting the region to other areas with greater capacity for processing waste and sewage via rail tank cars [Cahill & Goldman of UC Davis]