Yakima County Development Association - Yakima is a natural transportation hub

Transportation

Yakima County is a natural transportation hub served by rail, air and trucking companies.  The region’s central location is particularly beneficial for companies that rely on effective and efficient access to key markets or suppliers:

 

Highways

Interstate 82 runs through the heart of Yakima County. The modern freeway links with Interstate 90 at Ellensburg, just 35 miles north of Yakima. I-90 connects Seattle with New York City. This close proximity to I-90 gives Yakima County excellent accessibility to the Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma, the gateway to burgeoning trade with the Asia-Pacific and Pacific Rim countries. I-82 also links with Interstate 84 to the south and an extensive network of state highways in all directions. On related levels, all thirteen Yakima County communities are within 45 minutes driving time from Yakima by a system of well-maintained federal, state, and county highways, including U.S. Highway 12 and 97, and State Highways 410, 241, 22 and 24.

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Railroads

Rail shipment to and from Yakima County is available via Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Central Washington Railroad. There are over 200 active spurs located throughout the county that serve numerous industrial sites.

The Central Washington Railroad is the region's primary freight rail provider working under contract with Burlington and Union Pacific to serve customers in the Yakima Valley.  Central Washington Railroad serves rail customers in Yakima, Union Gap, Moxee, Granger, Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser:

Tim Kelly, COO
Central Washington Railroad
111 University Parkway
Yakima, WA  98901
tkelly@cbrr.com  or info@cbrr.com -- 509-453-9166 

There are a wide variety of commodities handled on this rail line. Examples of these commodities are cattle feed, propane, paper products, plastic pellets, cheese, juice concentrate, lumber, apples and other agricultural goods. The line's central location in Washington State and its proximity to Interstate 82 makes it a highly desirable location for companies to locate and are relatively close to major metropolitan areas such as Seattle, Portland and Spokane.

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Airports and Air Service

The City of Yakima operates the Yakima Air Terminal.  The airport features two runways: 7,603 and 4,293 in length. In 2009 there were over 61,000 passenger boardings from Yakima. The airport is served by Alaska Air with three flights daily to-and-from Seattle.  McCormick Air Center  also offers private charter plane options available from Yakima as well.  Yakima County offers additional air service options through the Tri-Cities (74 miles southeast of Yakima) and through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is approximately 2 ½ hours west by car.

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Water Transportation

Containerized goods may be shipped through the nearby Port of Pasco. From there, shipments travel by barge on the Columbia River to the Port of Portland to be forwarded overseas. Yakima County also has excellent freeway access to the Puget Sound ports of Seattle and Tacoma, only 2 ½ hours or so away.

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Motor Freight Carriers

Within Yakima County there are 25 trucking firms registered for motor freight trucking - 16 for heavy hauling and three for local cartage. Due to the heavy volume of fresh fruit and produce shipped from the Yakima Valley, numerous independent truckers also serve the area on a consistent basis. Here is a list of the region's major trucking firms:

Haney Truck Line LLC (509) 248-9300
Oak Harbor Freight Lines (509) 248-2811
Floyd Blinsky Trucking (509) 457-3484
Peninsula Truck Lines (509) 453-4367
Fiscus Motor Freight (509) 248-4265

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"We can do two shifts per day to major markets, Seattle, Spokane, and Portland, and be within legal hours...from a cost perspective, it's a major savings." - Gary Christensen, President, R.E. Powell Distributing