Marine Terminal Rail Improvements

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Project Quick Facts

Project Budget:

   - 2013: $62,000
   - 2014: $1.08 million

*Note: The Port was awarded a $1.3 million Rail Bank Loan from Washington State Legislature & a $1 million Rail Bank Loan from the Department of Commerce*

Timeline: Present - Mid-May 2016

Project Location:

MT Rail Upgrades Location Map

Project Contact:

John Klekotka, P.E.
Chief of Engineering & Planning
Phone: 425.388.0715 | E-mail

About the Project

The Port of Everett's Marine Terminal Rail project improves critically important regional rail freight mobility and increases capacity of rail freight at the Port of Everett Seaport. The project is necessary as it provides the connection to allow BNSF easier ingress and egress to the Port's shipping facilities.

This project will add approximately 650 lineal feet of new rail track at the north end of the Seaport and improve the functionality and safety of the Port's South Terminal rail spur by rehabilitating sections of track and extending the spur 100 lineal feet to the north.

In addition, the project will add a double rail siding that constructs approximately 3,300 lineal feet of on-terminal working track. The planned terminal rail sidings will more than double the operational capacity of rail at the Seaport, increasing the on-site storage from 46 rail cars to a total of 106 rail cars upon completion. This will provide the on-terminal rail storage capacity necessary to support enhanced rail operations and reduce congestion and delays on the mainline. 

Project Benefits

These investments in rail increase the efficient, safe and reliable rail service into the Port of Everett Seaport, while also increasing access and mobility. The Port of Everett is a key stakeholder for freight movement in the region and state. A recent report shows that the Port of Everett’s custom district ranking is fourth on the West Coast in terms of export value, first in Washington state. The economic value of Snohomish County's one industrial port is critical to the county's continued national dominance in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Additionally, this project will retain and help grow the Port’s 13,614 direct trade-related jobs, and provide approximately 70 construction jobs.

Status Report

Work Completed to Date:

  • Project planning
  • Acceptance of two WSDOT Rail Bank loans in the total amount of $1,811,715
  • SEPA Public Comment Period (March 23, 2015 - April 6, 2015)
  • Obtained project permits and approvals (March 2015)
  • Finalized engineering design of tracks (May 2015)
  • Awarded $2.5 million construction contract to Granite Construction 

Public Comment Opportunity:

Next Steps:

  • Project construction (October 2015 - Mid-May 2016)
    • A portion of Terminal Avenue located within the Seaport will be closed to traffic effective October 12 - November 30, 2015 to accommodate utility relocation work for the project. Click here to view notice.
    • Pigeon Creek Trail will be closed on a temporary basis beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, October 19 thru 4 p.m. on November 6. The closure will allow for installation of a waterline as part of the project.