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State delegation seeks federal dollars for transportation projects

The shipping industry is competitive at every stage. Businesses battle for customers. Terminal operators battle for lines of cargo ships. Port cities battle with each other for those terminal operators. Nations battle for volume and trade dollars. Port operators can either stay competitive or lose out to ports willing to fight.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle opted to enter the fray, forming the Northwest Seaport Alliance to jointly operate the cargo container traffic through both waterways to boost efficiency and better leverage improvement dollars. And now the state’s delegation is seeking the creation of a national freight policy to better coordinate federal transportation dollars to improve ports, rail lines and roads used for commercial cargo traffic.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Sixth District Congressman Derek…

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