The Tri-City Railroad (TCRY) established in 1999, is a common carrier railroad and defined by the United States Surface Transporation Board as Class III.
We operate and maintain the railroad line owned by the Port of Benton (POB), under a long term lease agreement. The POB's purpose is to foster economic development and trade by providing quality infrastructure and multimodal transportation throughout Benton County, Washington. The POB has and continues to play an instrumental role in the overall economic growth of Eastern Washington and Benton County. We value our relationship with the POB and enjoy working with the POB on some of its many local economic development projects. We maintain investment interest in other railroad properties also.
TCRY along with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 280 and the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) together have a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) embracing a strong commitment to safety, mutual fair dealing, employee welfare, efficiencies, growth and defense of TCRY's railroad operations included in the CBA and the associated Union jobs the CBA generates.
We transload, truck, fabricate, repair, construct new track, maintain existing track, consult for railroad customers, provide technical expertise when requested and provide industrial property to customers for their use that create local jobs and stimulate local economic development.
We are also proud of our relationship with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) which began in 2005 when we first contracted with PNNL to assist in its development of the Radiation Portal Monitoring System technology for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s use at railroad border crossings nationwide. Again this year we contracted with PNNL to assist in testing for shock and vibration in the movement of spent nuclear fuel by rail. We are proud to have been chosen by PNNL to participate in both of these important national security projects.