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Tacoma port marks opening of 'FAST' freight corridor


Last month, the Port of Tacoma, Wash., opened the $24.5 million Freight Action Strategy for the Everett-Seattle-Tacoma (FAST) Corridor, which provides freight railroads, motorists and pedestrians better and safer access to the city's industrialized "Tideflats" area.

East D Street previously featured a busy grade crossing and a nearby rail line previously included a tight curve that slowed trains entering and leaving the port area. Now, an overpass separates train and motor vehicle traffic, and realigned tracks ease the curve, helping to triple rail capacity. The overpass features wide sidewalks for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city of Tacoma served as the FAST project's lead agency. Funding partners included BNSF Railway Co., Union Pacific Railroad, Sound Transit, the port, state of Washington and Puget Sound Regional Council Surface Transportation Program.

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