Freight & goods transportation plans
Read the plans that guide us in developing a freight transportation system that supports the economic vitality of Washington state.
Washington state Freight and Goods Transportation System Plan
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 plan 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 2019 FGTS Update (PDF 4.6MB), published in February 2020, focuses on two objectives: expanding the system framework and improving data accessibility. This update also includes the truck freight economic corridor designation established under the 2014 State Freight Mobility Plan into the system framework.
2017 Washington Freight System Plan
WSDOT created the 2017 Washington State Freight System Plan to ensure that the transportation system supports the continued development of trade and sustains economic growth through efficient freight movement.
- 2017 Washington State Freight System Plan Summary (PDF 1MB)
- Appendix A: Washington State Freight Investment Plan - amended August 2019 (PDF 1MB)
- Appendix B: Washington State Marine Ports and Navigation Plan (PDF 1.8MB)
- Appendix C: Policies, Requirements, and Planning (PDF 260KB)
- Appendix D: Freight System Partners and Funding Sources (PDF 392KB)
- Appendix E: Plan Development (PDF 227KB)
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.
Marine Freight and Ports Plan
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. View a list of state ports at: Washington Public Ports Association.
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.
- PCC Rail System Strategic Plan Executive Summary (PDF 3.94MB)
- PCC Rail System Strategic Plan (PDF 3MB)
Colfax-Albion-Pullman Railroad Corridor Community Report
Results from a series of community meetings and research about the potential future uses of an unused section of the PCC rail line near Pullman are summarized in the Railroad Corridor Community Report (PDF 10MB) drafted by the Pullman Civic Trust and National Park Service in cooperation with WSDOT. The report was released in June 2017.