US: BNSF Opens New Rail Hub at the Port of Tacoma
BNSF has collaborated with Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) to open a new intermodal rail hub at the Port of Tacoma, Washington. The domestic facility will enable more than 50,000 annual container lifts in response to increased demand for intermodal rail freight in the Pacific Northwest. This increased capacity will allow more freight to be transported inland by rail, thus reducing carbon emission from road transport.
BNSF is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies, operating approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and 3 Canadian provincesDon Meyer, NWSA Co-Chair and Port of Tacoma Commissioner President said:
"Growing the NWSA's domestic intermodal volumes has long been a goal for the Seattle and Tacoma gateway.
The facility will increase job opportunities while reducing truck emissions associated with moving cargo to inland markets." The new Tacoma South facility is part of BNSF's collaboration with J.B. Hunt Transport Services to improve intermodal capacity.
The hub will complement BNSF's domestic facility in Tukwila, which serves NWSA's Seattle Harbor. In mid August 2022, BNSF will launch a direct container-only joint service with J.B. Hunt between the Tacoma South facility and Chicago.
The new service will provide BNSF with greater network and facility efficiency while increasing container capacity and chassis availability for J. B. Hunt.Tom Williams, BNSF group vice president, Consumer Products said;
"The new Tacoma South facility builds upon our joint initiative with J.B.
Hunt to substantially improve capacity in the intermodal marketplace while also meeting the expanding needs of our customers.
Our collaboration with the NWSA will help support greater warehousing and distribution needs in the fast-growing greater Seattle area."