Heavy Traffic Ahead:
Rail Impacts of Powder River Basin Coal to Asia by Way of Pacific Northwest Terminals
The price tag for upgrading rail lines, roads and other infrastructure to support proposed coal export facilities on the West Coast could reach into the billions of dollars across the four-state Northwest region.
Heavy Traffic Ahead: Rail Impacts of Powder River Basin Coal to Asia, for the first time, identifies costs, many of which will fall on taxpayers for infrastructure due to increased rail traffic.
Guest Opinion: Heavy traffic ahead: Plan now to live with more trains by Terry Whiteside and Gerald Fauth (Billings Gazette, Sept. 15, 2012)
Editorial: Coal export permitting should look at all impacts (The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 9, 2012)
View a presentation prepared for WORC by the report's authors