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.
As the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) agent and handling carrier in Richland, Washington we originate and terminate rail freight daily to and from destinations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico for UPRR customers.
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.
Years of History
On Our Line
TCRY is proud of the community we are part of, and work to give back and enrich the community we serve. In addition to our commitment to being a good neighbor and striving for community safety,
Our success is attributed to the hard work ethic and commitment of our employees, our employees also have dedicated time and money to our community. Some of the organizations our employees have been involved with include:
TCRY & International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 280 & Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) have signed a new long term agreement effective January 1, 2014.
TCRY has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship with the two organizations for the past fourteen years.
The Agreement embraces a strong commitment to safety, mutual fair dealing, employee welfare, growing and defending the railroad business as well as the Union jobs associated with that railroad business, improving cost efficiencies and maintaining operational flexibility for TCRY and its Employees.
The Parties have agreed that it is TCRY's right, and is in the best interest of the TCRY and its Employees, that TCRY be the sole provider of rail service to customers along and North of the railroad operated by TCRY.
The Agreement has been reached through the process of collective bargaining under the Railway Labor Act with the objective of serving these purposes.
TCRY recognizes IUOE Local 280 as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for purposes of collective bargaining wages, hours of work and other terms and conditions of the Agreement.
HAMTC recognizes TCRY as a HAMTC represented Employer as referred to in any collective bargaining agreement to which HAMTC or any of its member unions is a party.
The Parties have agreed that TCRY is the successor to the Hanford Railroad previously operated by the Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Energy and as such is the successor to the "Government Railroad."
And, the track on which TCRY conducts its operations includes the trackage previously referred to as the"Department of Energy Southern Connection" and track connecting thereto together with track within the Hanford Nuclear Reservation or "Hanford Site."
The Parties also have agreed that the work on the track on which TCRY conducts its operations is solely within the jurisdiction of the Union and HAMTC.