SCOG has finalized the Skagit Rail Crossing Study. The study analyzes all at-grade railroad crossings within Skagit County and identifies potential mitigation strategies to address the crossings that are the most impacted from future railroad and roadway growth.
In 2040, it is estimated that railroad traffic on the BNSF mainline will grow by around 40 daily rail crossing events at selected crossings. Some crossings within Skagit County are expected to be closed due to railroad traffic for an additional hour and forty-five minutes per day on top of the current daily gate-down times. The growth in railroad traffic will increase roadway congestion and impact emergency services’ ability to quickly respond to emergencies.
Given these forecasts, it is important for the region to identify the most effective strategies to mitigate their impact. The study identifies a variety of strategies—from Intelligent Transportation Systems to grade-separated bridges and tunnels—to reduce the impacts of future railroad and roadway traffic. However, many of these strategies are expensive and will take years of careful planning to identify, design, and fund the best solutions.
The Skagit Rail Crossing Study has been used to inform Skagit 2040, the regional transportation plan for the Skagit region.