Port of Tacoma Report – March/April 2002

Hylebos Waterway Cleanup Moves Forward: Under an order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, the port will be able to move ahead on its plans to clean up about two-thirds of the Hylebos Waterway.

Port of Tacoma Road Overpass Project Receives Award: This $33 million grade separation project, completed in August 2001, was recently awarded the Vision 2020 Award by the Puget Sound Regional Council. The project is part of the $400 million FAST Corridor program.

Port Trade Statistics: Here are highlights of the port’s year-to-date statistics, January through February 2002 and percentage comparison with last year’s figures for that same time period: Containers (TEUs), 179,014, down 3.6 percent; Intermodal lifts, 36,898, down 15.2 percent; Automobiles (units), 25,525, up 14.3 percent; Total tonnage (short tons), 2,278,539, up 3.9 percent; and Grain (short tons), 790,011, up 4.0 percent.

Alaska Outreach Program Launches 2002 Program: The Alaska committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce recently launched its Alaska Outreach program for 2002 with a visit and tour that highlighted American Fast Freight.

The event was attended by more than 30 people, including business leaders, elected officials, and the media.

The program is designed to raise the awareness of the importance of Alaska trade and business connections in the Tacoma area.

Port Participates in High School Job Shadow Program: Students from four Tacoma-area high schools came to the Port recently as part of Job Shadow Days, organized by the Tacoma Public School District.

Twenty students visited the Port, and spent a half-day finding out more about port activities and area job opportunities that range from maintenance workers and engineers to executives and business analysts.

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