Greater Portland is the only major metro market in the western U.S. where two Class 1 railroads converge.
With two Class 1 railroads, companies benefit from being able to negotiate costs. Both the Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroads are options for Greater Portland-area companies that need to get goods to market.
Greater Portland rail options provide competitive transit times to major markets in the West and Midwest:
Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) and sister Willamette & Pacific Railroad (WPRR) are owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Operating primarily under PNWR, the companies provide short-line rail service between Astoria and Portland and Portland and Eugene. The companies also provide rail access to a number of communities in the Portland metro area and generally west of Interstate 5 in the Willamette Valley. PNWR also has trackage rights over BNSF railway to Vancouver, Washington, to exchange traffic with BNSF.
PNWR contracts with TriMet to operate Westside Express Service (WES) commuter rail service between Wilsonville and Beaverton during peak commuting times on weekdays. WES began operation in early 2009 and is Oregon’s first and only heavy-rail commuter train service.
Companies needing to ship goods to markets domestically throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and outside of North America can use an extensive distribution ecosystem: