Port of Vancouver’s rails kept to high-than-needed safety level

June 9, 2016

By Brooks Johnson, Columbian Business Reporter, The Columbian

Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 miles of track at a higher-than-needed level to keep accidents to a minimum.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

“Even though we maintain above and beyond what the class is, we keep a lower speed limit,” said port rail manager Wayne Harner.

In light of last week’s oil train derailment and fire in Mosier, Ore., the port on Wednesday talked about the state of its infrastructure and what it does to prevent and prepare for accidents.

When the West Vancouver Freight Access Project wraps up, the port will have 52 miles of track under its control. And every mile of that has a speed limit of 10 mph — though the port maintains the tracks as though the speed limit were 25 mph.

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