Freight Transportation

The state's multimodal freight transportation system allows business in Washington to effectively compete in regional and global markets. Freight transportation is critical to supporting and growing more jobs, more regional domestic product and a larger tax base, as well as ensuring residents have the goods they need in their daily lives.

Trucking and Truck Parking
Trucks move an estimated $42 million of freight on roadways in Washington state every hour of every day. Safe, available truck parking is crucial to the efficient movement of freight through Washington. WSDOT has created maps listing available parking sites across the state.

Freight Rail
The economic vitality of Washington state requires a strong rail system capable of providing its businesses, ports and farms with competitive access to national and international markets. Both private and state-owned rail lines help move goods to market in Washington.

Marine Freight and Ports
The marine freight waterways in Washington state consist of the Pacific Ocean, the Puget Sound, and the Columbia-Snake River System. These waterways, combined with commercial ports, terminals, locks, and vessels, comprise the marine system. Marine freight supports international trade by providing safe, efficient, and cost-effective transportation options for shippers.

There are 11 deep-draft ports capable of handling ocean-going vessels in Washington and 17 barge intermodal facilities on the Columbia-Snake River System. In addition, freight barge traffic travels between Puget Sound ports and Alaska. A listing of state ports can be found at: Washington Public Ports Association

2017 Washington State Marine Ports and Navigation Plan (pdf 1.8 mb)

What's new in freight: 

2020 Washington Freight Stakeholder Group

The 2020 Washington State Legislature directed WSDOT to convene a freight stakeholder group to develop recommendations for creating a Washington freight advisory committee. The proposed committee will follow federal requirements found in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and other relevant legislation.

This Stakeholder Group will define the committee's purpose and goals, roles and responsibilities, reporting structure and proposed activities. It also will suggest ways the committee can improve freight mobility, address insufficient truck parking, examine the link between preservation investments and freight mobility and enhance freight logistics through the application of technology.

WSDOT will facilitate several meetings of the freight stakeholder group. The next meeting will be held virtually on October 19 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. A final report is due to the Legislature by December 1, 2020. More details on the legislative direction can be found in ESHB 2322, Sec. 310(8)(b) (pdf 1 mb). Those interested in providing input to the stakeholder group should contact WSDOT Freight Planner Trevor Daviscourt at


2019 Washington State Rail Plan

The 2019 Washington State Rail Plan focuses on both freight and passenger rail in Washington state by analyzing existing rail systems, identifying trends, outlining suggested strategies and setting forth an investment plan for infrastructure and equipment.

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