Tacoma To Sell Rail Line

At its Feb. 28 council meeting the Tacoma City Council approved an agreement to sell part of its Tacoma Rail line!

This leaves the future of a Tacoma to Mount Rainier trail outside of city control.

The Mountain Division line is operated by Tacoma Rail, a public utility that is owned by the City of Tacoma.

Tacoma Rail has 65 customers on 136 miles of track in three operating divisions, one being the Mountain Division. Rainier Rail, a short-line railroad operating in southwestern Washington, purchased the Mountain Division line for $2.21 million.

The Mountain Division extends from Tacoma through Frederickson, where it splits with one line from Eatonville to Morton, and another to McKenna. The Mountain Division contains a part of the Pierce County planned trail system from Tacoma to Mount Rainier.

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