Puget Sound Regional Council

PSRC has released a new study that evaluates the economic effects of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal on the central Puget Sound region. PSRC retained a consultant team to provide a comprehensive, independent evaluation of the economic effects of the proposed Gateway terminal on King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

Pacific International Terminals’ (a subsidiary of SSA Marine) proposed terminal would be a dry bulk commodity export-import facility at Cherry Point, Washington, approximately 100 miles north of Seattle. The proposed terminal expects to result in an additional 18 trains per day, each 1.6 miles long, between the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming through Washington State. The terminal is expected to primarily transfer coal to ships for export.

The study’s two main purposes were to better inform decision-makers and the public regarding the effects of the proposed terminal for the central Puget Sound region in advance of the project’s draft environmental impact statement due next year and to inform ongoing transportation planning within the region.

Available for Download:
News Release
Staff Summary and Supplemental Information
Full Report
Watch the July 24 Executive Board Meetingstart at 31.00 on video
Staff Presentation
Terry Finn (BNSF consultant) letter to PSRC President McCarthy
Statement of King County Executive Dow Constantine
Port of Seattle Statement
Statement of Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports

For more information, please contact Sean Ardussi at 206-464-7080 or sardussi@psrc.org

Puget Sound Regional Council • 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500 • Seattle, WA 98104 • 206-464-7090