Hoquiam Could Get Rail Export Business, Upgrades

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Major upgrades could be coming to Hoquiam’s rail lines. RailAmerica has contacted the city about a possible 45 million dollar export facility at Terminal three, to include portions brand new property near Bowerman Airfield. Tim Gibbs, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council tells us “They would put a loop track in, take the terminal three footprint, and use a little bit of the Hoquiam sewer lagoon that they’re filling in.”
Gibbs said the potential bulk export facility is interested in coal at first, but could expand. Projected benefits included 160 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs, and 1 million dollars annually in B&O taxes for the city of Hoquiam when the plant is operational around late 2013.