- THE MAGAZINE
The Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal is located in central Washington on BNSF's key cross-country Seattle-Chicago rail mainline and very near to Interstate 90, which is the longest interstate highway/freeway in the United States. The Intermodal Terminal includes 10,000 feet of track and a container maintenance and cleaning facility, and over 1 million square feet of cold storage warehousing in close proximity to provide shippers with distribution, cross-dock and storage capacity in and out of Washington state. I
n early 2010, the Port of Quincy and Cold Train (via BNSF Railway) began a partnership to provide expedited door-to-door refrigerated intermodal service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago/Indianapolis/Ohio Valley area markets. Since the Cold Train refrigerated intermodal container rail and distribution service was launched, it has grown rapidly in popularity with shippers in the Pacific Northwest as well as shippers in the Midwest. In fact, several thousand containers of fresh produce, frozen products and/or other cargo have been shipped on the Cold Train to/from Quincy and the Midwest. More importantly, both the number of eastbound and westbound shipments on the Cold Train have increased by several hundred percent since the beginning of 2010.
The success of Cold Train and the Port of Quincy in shipping both inbound and outbound cargo has turned the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal into a key distribution hub for central and eastern Washington including the Yakima Valley, the Columbia Basin, and the Wenatchee Valley. Additionally, the increasing flow of cargo and goods to and from the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal is creating new jobs and positive economic and freight mobility benefits to the region.
"BNSF Railway's recognition of Quincy on its new national intermodal map shows that the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal is becoming an important rail intermodal cargo handling facility in the Pacific Northwest," stated Curt Morris, the Chair/President of the Port of Quincy.