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Where the Sea Meets Seattle: Urban Port Operations

The Port of Seattle plays a key role in providing an international gateway for trade and travel to the Pacific Northwest. The container terminals, cruise terminals and industrial properties on the waterfront are owned by the Port, but supported by important road and rail infrastructure adjacent to downtown.  This tour will include a visit to see container and intermodal rail operations, with an overview of gate operations, queuing space, infrastructure and operational issues.  The interface between Port operations and city streets will be of interest to cities with ports, intermodal yards, or similar uses. The new Atlantic Street overpass improves efficiency and access by providing grade separation from truck and rail operations.  We’ll also visit the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, the homeport for week-long Alaska cruises from May to October.  Learn how this 11-acre complex accommodates taxi queueing, truck provisioning, and passenger access in a beautiful but constrained setting.

Port of Seattle