Heavy Traffic Ahead
Heavy Traffic Ahead was prepared for WORC by transportation experts Terry Whiteside & Associates and G.W. Fauth & Associates. The report shows that moving coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to proposed ports in Washington and Oregon would harm cities and towns along the rail lines and would likely increase costs and decrease competitiveness for grain producers and other shippers who use the rail line.
Based on the proposed ports and expansions in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Heavy Traffic Ahead finds that in the next five to ten years coal train traffic could explode across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
- Local and state governments would bear the brunt - generally 95% - of the costs of any infrastructure needed to handle this traffic.
- Some towns and cities would experience a doubling or tripling of rail traffic.
- Grain producers and other producers who rely on rail to get their products to market would likely see increased delays and costs resulting from the enormous growth in coal trains on an already at-capacity rail system.
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