Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Port of Vancouver (Wash.) to acquire land for rail access

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Washington state’s Port of Vancouver Commission has approved plans to acquire six acres of property to allow new rail access into port facilities across the Columbia River from nearby Portland, Ore.

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The West Vancouver freight access rail project plans call for the new line to be built across property adjacent to the port and owned by Clark Public Utilities and Clark County, Wash., as well as port property leased by Great Western Malting Co.

Four Class I railroads currently serve the port, including BNSF,Union Pacific, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National.

The port will pay Clark County an amount still to be determined for approximately four acres and will swap parcels, each less than an acre, with Clark Public Utilities. The port intends to negotiate a new lease with Great Western Malting Co. intended to reclaim nearly an acre for port use.The port has planned to purchase the properties for more than three years, but has not yet set a price.