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Rail - Tacoma Rail - Tacoma to Morton and Yelm - Track Rehab - Complete April 2011

Originally part of the Milwaukee Road System, the rail line ran as a private logging railroad until the early 1990s when Tacoma Rail was purchased by the City of Tacoma. Between one and two freight trains operate daily over the line, and local trains provide pick up and delivery services. Freight traffic is mostly large aluminum billets, lumber, cedar fencing, agri-mulch for trans-load, sand and gravel, steel pipe, flour, farm equipment, and heavy equipment.

How You Benefit
Cross GlyphImproves Safety
This project rehabilitated sections of old, worn out rail and improved several rail/road crossings.
Dollar Sign Glyph Economic Incentive
The rehabilitation work now enables the rail line to transport more goods safely and efficiently. The line can now handle up to 286,000 lb. rail cars.

Partnerships & Cooperation
WSDOT and Tacoma Rail partnered on this project.


  • Federal Railroad Administraion - $754,600

Contact Us
State Rail Office
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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