Palouse River and Coulee City (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 counties: Adams, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman.

WSDOT purchased the rights of way and rail for the P & L Branch and PV Hooper Branch of the PCC in November 2004. Purchase of the CW Branch and the remaining rights for the other two branches was completed in May 2007. Maintaining these rail lines helps farmers get goods to larger rail lines and on to regional and international markets.

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. Private railroads contract with WSDOT 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.

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, 5 09-324-6086

PCC Strategic Plan
The Palouse River and Coulee City 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. 

CAP Railroad Corridor Community final report
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.