The port’s West Vancouver Freight Access (WVFA) project will provide critical rail improvements that attract new business and jobs to SW Washington. Shippers and manufacturers are all about location and connections. They need efficient transportation to distribute and ship their goods and cargo.

The WVFA project delivers low cost/high volume transportation by improving rail movement on the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines. It includes creating a new rail entrance into the port, expanding the port’s rail corridor, and the addition of a loop track at the port’s Terminal 5. These investments in rail infrastructure connect the Pacific Northwest east to Chicago and Houston, and north/south from Canada to Mexico. In addition, these improvements will reduce delays to rail traffic by as much as 40 percent, and significantly increase the port’s capacity to handle rail cars.

WVFA Advantages

  • Generates nearly $400 million in private-sector investment
  • Creates between 1,000 and 2,000 new, permanent jobs
  • Creates approximately 4,000 construction jobs from start to finish
  • Increases the port’s internal track miles from 16 to over 50, providing more efficient rail access to port marine terminals
  • Generates significant tax revenue for local and state governments by attracting new business
  • Enhances the port’s internal rail system, benefiting existing and future tenants
  • Provides dual Class 1 rail carrier access to the port, making the port more competitive when attracting new businesses
  • Removes a significant chokepoint from the regional rail system, freeing up tracks for both freight and passenger rail
  • Reduces congestion on BNSF Railway and Union Pacific mainlines by as much as 40 percent upon completion
  • Allows full unit trains carrying a single product to be handled within the port
  • Significantly increases the port’s capacity to handle rail cars
  • Benefits the development of the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor — one of 10 designated potential high-speed rail corridors of national significance — by reducing congestion
  • Enables the City of Vancouver to develop its waterfront by removing a mainline spur that bisected city property
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