The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking for a freight rail operator to provide rail services to businesses in Grant and Adams Counties and is now accepting bids through March 19.
“This section of track has been out of service for the past 16 years,” said Alan Schrom, commissioner for the Port of Royal Slope. “But, we’re back in business thanks to a $750,000-grant from the Washington State Legislature.”
Along with operating and maintaining 26 miles of track, which runs between Othello and Royal City, the operator will be tasked with creating an innovative economic development plan designed to provide competitive rail service for the region’s rail shipping community.
Operations on the freight rail line are expected to resume in May 2014.