This state’s reliance on trade depends on its ability to ship its products. While we rely on our state for highways, our rail systems are privately owned.
It was rails, of course, that opened our region to trade, made our fruit and our wheat available to markets far away.
A study by the Washington Research Council notes that there are 23 freight railroads operating in this state. The majors, however, are BNSF and Union Pacific.
Rails are growing in importance,…