Monday, December 28, 2009

Port of Vancouver gets $3 million for rail loop

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The Port of Vancouver, Wash., will receive nearly $3 million in additional federal funds to help build rail lines for its $137-million West Vancouver Freight Access project, the Portland Business Journal reports. The new allocation comes with the help of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and was included in the final version of the fiscal 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The funds, totaling $2,922,000, will be used to build rail lines in and around the port's facilities, including a loop at its new Terminal 5. The West Vancouver Freight Access project, to be completed in 2017, is designed to increase the port's ability to provide expanded rail service to marine customers and industrial tenants, while increasing the port's capacity for growth.

The additional rail lines will help reduce congestion and improve train velocity by converging BNSF's north-south and east-west mainlines, which are now the source of a major choke point in Vancouver.

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