Savage, a supply chain company, will begin the construction works for Savage Railport – Southern Idaho, the first intermodal rail terminal in Idaho. Savage has entered into an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to construct and operate the terminal at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Pocatello, Idaho.
“We’re excited to serve Idaho producers and shippers with intermodal export service. The ability to ship containers out of Idaho directly to the Pacific Northwest by rail will open up supply chains and allow more Idaho businesses to access global markets,” Kirk Aubry, the Chief Executive Officer of Savage said.
The terminal is expected to become operational by mid-2021.
The terminal will benefit Idaho farmers and families by improving the economy of exporting containerised hay and other agricultural commodities, providing faster access to Asia and other world markets.
“Idaho’s agricultural and business communities need dependable transport to get product into global markets. Transport infrastructure projects like this rail terminal in Pocatello can create opportunities for Idaho businesses to grow and can help support export prospects for more agriculture producers,” Idaho Governor Brad Little said.
Savage teams will place loaded containers onto railcars at the Pocatello terminal that will be transported by Union Pacific to the Northwest Seaport Alliance ports in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington. Using a direct rail connection will be more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly than trucking products across multiple states.
With the Savage Railport – Southern Idaho “goods from businesses across Idaho will have an easier time getting to markets overseas,” the Mayor of Pocatello Brian Blad said.
Pocatello and Nampa are home to important terminals for Union Pacific, serving as a hub for branch line activities and crew change points. In Idaho, Union Pacific owns 1,365 km of tracks. In northern Idaho, Union Pacific’s rail line connects Spokane, Washington, to the Canadian rail system via East port in Boundary County.