Freight & rail plans

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.

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.

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.


WSDOT updates the Washington Freight System plan every five years. The current update is underway and expected to be completed by 2022. It will examine all modes of freight movement -- including trucks,  airplanes, rail and cargo ships.

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.

Traffic fatality crashes on Washington public roadways

increased 56% in March 2021 compared to March 2020.

11,906 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during the third quarter of 2021, nearly 6% more than same quarter in 2020.

WSF ridership was nearly 5.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022,

which was 1.6 million (38.3%) higher than the corresponding quarter in FY2021