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BNSF Railway Co., in partnership with the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), yesterday announced the opening of a new rail hub at the Port of Tacoma in Washington to meet growing intermodal demand.
The South Tacoma intermodal facility is part of a joint effort between the Class I and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced in March. The two companies aim to substantially improve capacity in the Pacific Northwest intermodal market, BNSF officials said in a press release.
BNSF and J.B. Hunt will launch a direct container-only joint service next month between the Tacoma facility and Chicago. The new service will provide greater network and facility efficiency for BNSF while increasing container capacity and chassis availability for J.B. Hunt, BNSF officials said.
The domestic facility will accommodate more than 50,000 annual container lifts, complementing the railroad’s existing intermodal facility in Tukwila, which serves NWSA's Seattle Harbor.
"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," said Tom Williams, BNSF's group vice president of consumer products. "Our collaboration with the NWSA will help support greater warehousing and distribution needs in the fast-growing greater Seattle area."