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The Port of Vancouver USA has dedicated a $251 million rail project to not only connect the port and regional businesses, but also rail users and communities across the Western states.
The West Vancouver Freight Access Project (WVFA), a project designed to ease congestion and increase efficiency throughout the port, aims to create jobs and boost the economy in the Western region of the US.
With the support of a significant investment in freight rail infrastructure, funded by the port and through federal and state grants, WVFA will connect trade centres in the Pacific Northwest to major rail hubs in Houston and Chicago, as well as linking Canada and Mexico.
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Representatives of Washington senators, and the port’s CEO Julianna Marler, attended a ceremony on July 31 to mark the dedication of this new initiative.
Speaking about the project, Marler said: “Whether we’re talking about how the project reduces rail congestion on the mainline and expands our capacity to 400,000 rail cars per year, or how it supported thousands of family-wage jobs during design, engineering and construction – as well as jobs for the future – this has been a critical project with far-reaching benefits for our community, region and nation.
Governor Jay Inslee also attended the event and commented on the project: “It is a thrill to celebrate the West Vancouver Freight Access Project and the jobs it will bring.
“This project shows that the Port of Vancouver USA and the region is open for business as WVFA improves freight mobility dramatically and opens Southwest Washington to more trade opportunities.”