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Washington State 2010-2030 Freight Rail Plan

Advisory Committee Meeting Documents

June 11, 2009
Advisory Committee Meeting

August 5, 2009
Workshop to develop vision and goals

September 30, 2009
Western Washington Advisory Committee Meeting

October 6, 2009
Eastern Washington Advisory Committee Meeting

October 22, 2009
Public Open House
Washington State 2010-2030 Freight Rail Plan (pdf 2 mb)

Washington State 2010-2030 Freight Rail Plan Appendices (pdf 1.87 mb)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) State Rail and Marine Office has completed the Washington State 2010-2030 Freight Rail Plan to meet both federal requirements (Public Law 110-432, Division B) and the state requirements of RCW 47.76.220. The State Freight Rail Plan update will qualify the state for new federal grants authorized through the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The due date for completion of this plan was December 31, 2009.

In May 2009, members of advocacy organizations, cities, counties, federal agencies, railroads, metropolitan planning organizations, ports, regional transportation planning organizations, tribes, other state agencies, and other WSDOT offices were invited to participate on an advisory committee. The role of this committee was to:

  • Help develop the vision and goals of the State Freight Rail Plan.
  • Provide assistance to update information for the freight rail system, capacity and needs.
  • Help identify and assess port access and rail abandonment issues.
  • Help assess and evaluate beneficial impacts of rail infrastructure improvements on society.
  • Help WSDOT understand concerns of local communities and organizations.
  • Share information.

For a list of the organizations in the Advisory Committee:
Advisory Committee Member Organizations.

Visitors were provided several maps to view.An Open House for the public was held on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Olympia, WA.  The public was invited to drop by to find out more about the State Freight Rail Plan, ask questions, and talk with staff.  Over 30 people attended the open house.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback on the Washington State Freight Rail Plan, please send your comments to:  
Freight Rail Policy