Freight plans

Read the plans that guide us in developing a freight transportation system that supports the economic vitality of Washington state. Includes information on freight plans, rail plan, truck parking, PCC short line railroad, and the Grain Train program.

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, as well as ensuring residents have the goods they need in their daily lives.

To learn more about how freight drives our state's economy, watch this Freight Virtual Tour video that was created to inform Legislators and the public on topics of importance to freight movement.

Washington Freight and Goods Transportation System

The Freight and Goods Transportation System (FGTS) is a Washington-specific freight designation system, which classifies the state’s freight corridors by modes based on annual freight tonnage moved through truck, rail and waterway freight corridors. The FGTS designation is updated every two years to meet state legislative requirements, establish funding eligibility for Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board grants, support transportation planning processes and inform freight investment decisions.

The 2021 FGTS Update (PDF 4.6MB), published in December 2021 focuses on two objectives: enhancing consistency and improving data accessibility. Pre-COVID data is used in this update to classify freight corridors. The online map of FGTS corridors provides a visual understanding of state corridor designations.  

2021 Washington Truck Parking Workshop

WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration convened a series of truck parking workshops for stakeholders and government officials to discuss how the state's truck parking shortages may be addressed. Details can be found in the Synopsis of 2021 Washington Truck Parking Workshop (PDF 222KB). This is not a formal WSDOT report, but rather an overview of the discussion and recommendations made by the participants.

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 has completed its work and the Freight Stakeholder Group Final Report (PDF 484KB) is now available.

Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) Rail System Strategic Plan

The PCC Rail System Strategic Plan was completed in May 2015. The plan outlines the vision and goals for the system and communicates which policies and funding are needed to achieve the goals.

Grain Train Strategic Plan

The 2017-2027 Grain Train Strategic Plan (PDF 2MB) includes history of the program and outlines the vision and goals for the program, as well as identifying operational improvements and policy changes that will ensure the program continues to enhance the economic competitiveness of Washington state. Those needing the plan in an alternate format should submit a request at Rail@wsdot.wa.gov.

Serving freight and passengers, the rail system provides efficient transportation critical to maintaining our economy, environment and quality of life. We prepare a State Rail Plan every five years. Its purpose is to provide a framework for future actions that meets federal and state requirements.

The Washington Freight System plan examines all modes of freight movement -- including trucks, airplanes, rail and cargo ships. WSDOT updates every five years; the next update is underway and expected to be completed in 2022.

Approximately $50 million is available in 2022 for local projects in Washington state under the federal National Highway Freight Program. Find our how to submit projects that will improve freight movement in your area.

Zero emission electric vehicle registrations in Washington

increased 192% between 2017 and 2021.

45 projects to improve freight rail structures and freight movement

were underway as of December 31, 2021.

Washington state leveraged $100,000 to secure $27 million

in funding for airport investments in Fiscal Year 2022.