Port of Quincy marketing intermodal terminal as alternative to Puget Sound ports

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QUINCY, Wash. — Quincy, Wash., may be hundreds of miles from the Pacific Ocean, but authorities from the Port of Quincy are pushing its location as an alternative to Puget Sound ports for intermodal shipments. The Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal, located in central Washington on the BNSF’s ex-Great Northern Stevens Pass Line, said that it is holding discussions with shippers and other stakeholders about using it as a westbound inland intermodal port. The trains could be loaded with ocean containers of Washington State dry agricultural products and then railed to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. There they would be loaded onto ocean container ships, reducing congestion over busy freeways in urban areas.

According to the Northwest Seaport Alliance, an inland port would offer benefits such as:

• Congestion on major roadways and mountain passes would be reduced as the number of truck trips per day would decrease to and from Puget Sound.
• Containers could be moved with more speed and reliability while lowering the carbon footprint of exports via rail.
• Containers could be spotted closer to the shippers, with day and night availability of picking up or dropping containers in a secured yard.
• The Port would attract new investments in warehousing facilities and other industries supporting the agriculture market.
• Turn times could be improved so that exporters would be able to ship more of their products overseas because marine terminals would be less congested.

The Intermodal Terminal includes over 8,000 feet of rail storage/siding tracks and could easily accommodate loading westbound short haul intermodal trains with 40-foot or 20-foot containers of dry goods such as hay, corn, wheat, beans, and other grains or legumes. The Intermodal Terminal is on 16 acres of land with another 20 acres available for expansion on adjacent Port owned property to the east of the existing terminal.

Curt Morris, the Chair of the Port of Quincy, “We appreciate the discussion and interest in the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal as an inland rail port in which ocean containers would be received and hauled by train to Seattle and Tacoma marine ports, and we look forward to working with various shippers, decision makers and other interested parties as these discussions continue.”

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