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Senate Transportation Committee January 25, 2011. Washington’s Port Districts: Transportation Overview. Eric Johnson Executive Director Washington Public Ports Association. Larry Paulson Executive Director Port of Vancouver, USA. Washington’s Port System is Unique.

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senate transportation committee january 25 2011
Senate Transportation Committee

January 25, 2011

Washington’s Port Districts:Transportation Overview

Eric Johnson

Executive Director

Washington Public Ports Association

Larry Paulson

Executive Director

Port of Vancouver, USA

washington s port system is unique
Washington’s Port System is Unique
  • We have more ports than any other state, by a long ways (75)
  • Our ports engage in more types of activity than in most states
  • Our Commissioners are elected locally, not appointed as in most states.
  • Our port system is the largest locally-controlled port system in the world
  • Our origins began 100 years ago, as we fought to re-claim the waterfront for the public
our ports represent community investment in long term assets
Our Ports Represent Community Investment in Long-Term Assets
  • We are fundamentally about community control of important assets such as waterfronts, airports and industrial areas.
  • Ports build, lease and operate facilities that foster trade and economic development.
  • Ports provide four basic types of facilities:
    • Marine Terminals
    • Marinas
    • Industrial Facilities
    • Airports
marine terminal ports
Marine Terminal Ports
  • Bellingham
  • Anacortes
  • Everett *
  • Seattle *
  • Tacoma *
  • Olympia
  • Port Angeles
  • Grays Harbor
  • Longview
  • Kalama
  • Vancouver
    • (The above 11 are deep draft)
  • Pasco **
  • Clarkston **
  • Walla Walla **
  • Whitman County **

* Container Port

** Barge Terminal

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The Pacific Northwest’s Mainline Rail Lines

Legend

__ BNSF

__ UP

Source: WSDOT and WPPA Marine Cargo Forecast

key challenges
Key Challenges
  • We have competing gateways, especially for Mid-west cargo
connecting to markets
Connecting to Markets
  • Our Businesses, growers and waterfront workers increasingly depend upon world-class freight services
  • We Need:
    • Reliable rail, truck, barge and ship services
    • Competitive rates
    • Unified freight investment effort that focuses on strategic projects and corridors
key competitive pressures
Key Competitive Pressures
  • Canadian gateways to the American heartland.
  • Panama canal widening.
  • East Coast and Gulf investments in ports and rail corridors.
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New York 

  • Eastern U.S. and Gulf Ports areMaking Strategic Investments for Competitiveness:
  • Deeper shipping channels
  • Larger terminals
  • Inland corridor improvements

Norfolk

 Charleston

Jasper County

 Mobile

 Savannah

 Jacksonville

 Houston

key assets
Key Assets
  • Strong bulk cargo growth and potential for more.
  • Private sector investment has been significant.
priority investments
Priority Investments
  • Rail capacity
  • Freight mobility projects developed by FMSIB
  • Key big projects: SR167, SR509, Columbia River Crossing
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Priority Investments For Relieving Rail Congestion

  • Siding extensions at Mount Vernon and Stanwood, new siding at Swift
  • East marginal Way Grade Separation and Duwamish Rail Corridor at Seattle
  • Point Defiance Bypass from Tacoma to Nisqually
  • Bullfrog Junction Realignment at Tacoma
  • Clearing of Stampede Pass to accommodate double-stack rail cars and relieve congestion on Stevens Pass
  • Blakeslee Junction at Centralia
  • High Speed Crossover Plan from Nisqually to Centralia
  • Partial third main line from Kalama to Kelso

Legend

__ 70-100+% capacity

__ 50-69% capacity

__ less than 50% capacity

  • Vancouver Freight Rail Bypass
  • Vancouver West Freight Access Project

Source: WSDOT and WPPA Marine Cargo Forecast

a national corridor strategy
A National Corridor Strategy
  • A Pacific NW Corridor strategy is necessary if we are to compete in a global economy.
  • Early discussions have started but have not yet coalesced.
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Eric Johnson, Executive Director

Washington Public Ports Association

PO Box 1518

Olympia, WA 98507

360-943-0760

ericj@washingtonports.org

And finally – Port Day is March 14th The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Port District Act!

Questions?

Larry Paulson, Executive Director

Port of Vancouver, USA

3103 Lower River Road

Vancouver, WA 98660

360-693-3611

lpaulson@portvanusa.com