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Tacoma port crafts 10-year plan


The Port of Tacoma, Wash., recently unveiled a 10-year strategic development plan.

The plan includes nearly 50 initiatives and focuses on four main areas: making strategic investments that enhance rail, road, waterway, terminal and industrial property infrastructure; creating opportunities for future investments by attracting new business opportunities; bolstering business relationships with customers and key stakeholders; and growing the port responsibly.

“The port embarked on the strategic plan to position itself for success among significant competitive shifts in the global shipping industry and a still-sluggish U.S. economy,” port officials said in a prepared statement.

Specific initiatives outlined in the plan include:
• expanding Tideflats rail to receive and deliver mile-and-a-half-long unit trains;
• adding a second rail crossing over the Puyallup River;
• developing a new bulk facility on the Blair Waterway;
• adopting zero-emission technologies at cargo terminals; and
• redeveloping and expanding a peninsula into a highly efficient container terminal capable of handling the world’s largest ships.

 “These projects are necessary for the port to remain competitive,” said the port’s Chief Executive Officer John Wolfe. “I am confident we can make it happen.”

Tacoma Rail provides switching and terminal rail services at the port, and nearby intermodal yards are served by BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad.

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