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Port of Tacoma’s Intermodal Container Volumes Increase in March


In March 2010, the Port of Tacoma handled a total of 30,716 intermodal container lifts at its four intermodal yards, up 20 percent from its March, 2009 intermodal volume. It also marks the highest monthly intermodal volume for the Port so far in 2010, and the most monthly intermodal lifts the Port has handled in the last 18 months.

The Port saw increases in both international and domestic intermodal rail volumes in March. Two major factors are the Port’s intermodal rail incentive program, which encourages the use of rail for short-haul containers, and the new Union Pacific domestic service that is bringing new container volumes through the Port’s South Intermodal Rail Yard.

The Port has three dockside intermodal yards and one near-dock intermodal yard. The Port’s North Intermodal Yard, which opened in 1981, was the first dockside intermodal rail facility on the West Coast.

Overall, the Port’s March year-to-date intermodal volumes are down about 2 percent from 2009. For additional cargo statistics on the Port of Tacoma, check out:



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