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Rail - Produce Railcar Pool

Status - Construction
 Produce Rail Car Pool cold train "Cold Train"
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Frozen raspberries being loaded onto a "Cold Train"
Frozen raspberries being loaded onto a "Cold Train"
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April 2016

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking information from railroads and intermodal logistics companies to help determine if sufficient demand and expertise exists to revive a defunct state program that once supported a pool of refrigerated rail cars.

A request for information was released Wednesday, March 30, seeking proposals from parties interested in restoring the Washington Produce Rail Car program. The deadline for submissions is noon Monday, May 2.

Why is WSDOT establishing a pool of refrigerated railcars for Washington's agricultural community?
To increase the number of refrigerated railcars, which left Washington growers with an inadequate supply during peak seasons. From August 2006 - March 2012, there were 876 refrigerated rail car shipments with more than 71 percent of shipments frozen fruit and vegetables. Eighteen percent were fresh and frozen potatoes, with frozen meat and seafood accounting for 11 percent of the shipments.

The End Result
A pool of refrigerated railcars available for Washington's agricultural community.

Project Benefits

  • Rebuilt refrigerated railcars available.
  • Railcars minimize the added wear and tear on state roadways.

What is the project timeline?
In August 2006 WSDOT signed a contract with Rail Logistics, LC to lease refrigerated railcars and to manage the fleet.

Financial Information

This project is funded through the following sources:

  • Federal funds - $1.984 million
  • State funds 2005-2015 - $200,000
  • Total Funding From All Sources - $2.184 million

How can I get more information?
Freight Systems Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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