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PCC Rail System


The Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) Rail System is the longest short-line freight rail system in Washington State, serving five eastern Washington (WA) counties: Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, and Whitman.

PCC MapWSDOT purchased the rights of way and rail in the P & L Branch and PV Hooper Branch of the PCC in November 2004. Purchase of the CW Branch and the remaining rights in the other two branches was completed in May 2007.

WSDOT contracts with private railroads to operate each of the branches. The Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad operates the PV Hooper Branch; the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad operates the CW Branch; and the Washington and Idaho Railway operates the P & L Branch.

WSDOT oversees the facilities and regulatory portions of the operating leases. The PCC Rail Authority - an intergovernmental entity formed by Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, and Whitman counties - oversees the business and economic development portions of the operating leases.

For questions about doing business with the PCC rail system, please contact:
PCC Rail Authority Chairman Rob Coffman, 509-725-3031
WSDOT PCC Railway Manager, Bob Westby, 509-324-6086

What's New

CAP Railroad Corridor Community final report released

Results from 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 a final report (pdf 10 mb) drafted by the Pullman Civic Trust and National Park Service in cooperation with WSDOT. The report was released in June 2017.

Freight Rail Plans and Reports
PCC Strategic Plan

The Palouse River and Coulee City Rail System Strategic Plan was completed in May 2015. The purpose of the PCC Strategic Plan was to outline the vision and goals for the system and to communicate what policies and funding are needed to achieve the goals. The plan is focused around the systems three key goals: safe operations, efficient operations, and economic development. The plan has the following major components:

  • A description of system inventory and conditions
  • A description of the system investments
  • An analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the system
  • An identification of strategies
View Executive Summary (pdf 3.94 mb)

View Executive Summary (pdf 3.94 mb)

View Full Report (pdf 3 mb)

View Full Report (pdf 3 mb)