The Northwest Seaport Alliance Celebrates Inaugural Rail Connection with Eastern Washington

Tri Cities Intermodal

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is pleased to welcome the first intermodal rail connection with Tri Cities Intermodal to the Puget Sound gateway. This new intermodal service marks the latest milestone in the NWSA’s Inland Rail Hub Strategic Initiative.

The introduction of an intermodal rail connection between Eastern Washington and the NWSA gateway, helps address the growing demand for export capacity in the region, allowing shippers to efficiently move their products to overseas markets.

The first loaded train arrived at Pierce County Terminal in Tacoma on February 8th, carrying containerized hay bound for China, set sail on February 13th aboard the Ever Lucid vessel.

“We appreciate the significant energy Tri Cities Intermodal has invested in establishing this new intermodal ramp,” stated Hamdi Mohamed, Port of Seattle Commission President and The Northwest Seaport Alliance Co-Chair. “The service will provide an efficient transportation option for Washington exporters to seamlessly access NWSA marine terminals and global markets.”

"We look forward to supporting the growth of this new service," said Kristin Ang, Port of Tacoma Commission President and The Northwest Seaport Alliance Co-Chair. "Not only will it increase U.S. export opportunities, but also reduce truck traffic and environmental impacts caused by diesel trucks in our harbors."

In addition to Tri Cities Intermodal, the Union Pacific Railroad, Everport Marine Terminals and Evergreen Marine Corporation have been critical partners in the successful launch of this new service. 

For further information on this new service, contact Tri Cities Intermodal:
(913) 912-5487