Deferred rail infrastructure project costs have been assessed for the state of Washington Short Lines. More than half of short-line rail lines in the state of Washington aren’t up to modern standards… … is the conclusion in a study by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State University.
The Washington State Short Line Rail Inventory and Needs Assessment was performed by the WSDOT and the university’s Freight Policy Transportation Institute.
29 short lines operate there . More than 55% with 740 miles of the track miles within the state are still unable to handle 286,000-pound rail cars used in modern frail reight over the past thirty or so years.
To bring the lines up to modern standards could cost more than $600 million
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