Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Portland to Keep Intermodal Rail Service

By Karen Robes Meeks

Encouraged by the growth of rail container movement through Terminal 6, the Port of Portland plans to keep its BNSF Railway service through mid-2019.

The service, which began in January, give shippers at the terminal more options to move freight between Portland and the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, where cargo such as wood, hay and other products is loaded on vessels bound for international destinations.

“In addition to our continued work to attract weekly carrier service, moving products by rail is proving to be a successful way to assist shippers in our region,” said Keith Leavitt, chief commercial officer at the Port of Portland. “The rail is also a time-saving alternative for some shippers, who face delays from truck congestion at ports to the north.”