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Welcome to Tacoma Rail

Tacoma Rail has provided rail transportation and key freight connections for customers in the greater Tacoma area since 1914. As a self-funded public utility, our operations generate tax revenue for the City of Tacoma and Washington state. We have 16 locomotives, more than 100 employees, and about 140 miles of track on which we move more than 100,000 freight shipments per year. We currently serve 65 customers within three operating districts in Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis counties.

Tacoma Rail’s mission is to provide services that are vital to the economic well-being of our customers. That’s why, unlike private railroads, our rates are set using public utility cost-of-service principles rather than market-based pricing, which provides our customers with low-cost, high-quality rail freight service. These rates are approved by the Public Utility Board and Tacoma City Council in a series of public meetings. 



Our Mission
Tacoma Rail provides services that are vital to the economic well-being of our customers.


Emergency Numbers


TSA / security: (866) 615-5150
Crossings: (877) 811-8180
Other emergencies: (253) 396-3161

Operations / car tracing / service questions / (24 hours)
(253) 396-3161