Port of Tacoma completes intermodal yard upgrade

by Canadian Shipper

The Port of Tacoma has completed a $4 million upgrade of its North Intermodal Yard (NIM) which was designed to improve movement of intermodal containers and other rail-dependent cargoes through the Port.

Evergreen Line and “K” Line are the two major users of NIM, which in 1981 opened as the first dockside rail facility on the West Coast. The intermodal facility offers eight 3,200-foot and two 575-foot tracks with a capacity of approximately 88 doublestack container railcars or 264 conventional railcars. The yard is serviced by 34 straddle carriers.

Upgrades to the area surrounding tracks 6,7 and 8 – which began in February 2002 -include: replacement of approximately 9,000 track feet of rail; repair of deteriorated pavement adjacent to rail, replacement of five rail crossings; and installation of a subgrade drainage system.

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