Vancouver Welcomes Freight
by Andy Giegerich
Washington leaders cut the proverbial ribbon on a major Port of Vancouver initiative on Thursday.
The event marks the completion of the West Vancouver Freight Access project, which leaders say will mark "completion of critical new rail infrastructure" in the area.
Also known as the trench, the port's new entrance "eliminates conflicts between the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines and traffic entering the port, improving regional rail efficiency and on-time performance.
The full project cost $275 million -- some $50 million under budget -- and took 10 years to build. The project's original timeline called for its completion by 2017.
The trench aims to reduce rail congestion by as much as 40 percent and help local businesses remain competitive, officials said.
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