Chamber Forum: Freight Rail in the Pacific Northwest

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Name: Chamber Forum: Freight Rail in the Pacific Northwest
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Registration: Please contact the Chamber for further ticket information.
Event Description:
Freight Rail in the Pacific Northwest
The Hidden Workhorse of the Economy
Railroads are the backbone of today's economy, carrying 40 percent of intercity freight, moving one-third of all U.S. exports, and sustaining more than one million jobs nationwide.
Just a single train can carry the freight of several hundred trucks while at the same time being four times more fuel-efficient. This efficiency means that moving freight by rail rather than trucks reduces greenhouse emissions by an average of 75 percent. Plus, more freight moved by rail means less congestion on our highways.
More than twice as export-intensive as the average U.S. state, Washington and its manufacturers, 
farms, and communities rely on freight rail to move commodities and products from inland locations to seaports. By one conservative estimate, well over 300,000 jobs – or 10 percent of total Washington State employment – exist because of the economic dynamism enabled by freight rail.
Washington’s 28 freight railroads operate over 3,056 miles of track and employ close to 4,000 people. It would have taken approximately 6.6 million additional truckloads to move the 119 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Washington in 2014. Intermodal shipments, mostly originating at the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, make up the largest part of freight rail shipments beginning in Washington. Intermodal and farm products are the largest rail imports to the state.
On Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel RL Olympia, the community has the opportunity to learn how freight rail impacts Thurston County and why it is an often overlooked workhorse of our economic infrastructure.
The cost to attend Forum is $35 for general admission; $25 for online prepaid Chamber members and $30 for members at the door. Register today at by clicking on the Register Now button on the upper left-hand side of this page.
Thank you to the November Forum sponsors, Window Genie and Hooper Financial Services.
Event Media:
Red Lion Hotel Olympia - Downstairs Ballroom
Date/Time Information:
11:30am - Social & Lunch Buffet
12pm - Program
Second Wednesday each month.
$25 - Chamber Members Online
$30 - Non-Members Online

$30 - Members at the Door
$35 - Non-Members at the Door
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