Transport goods. Access clean power.

Pierce County has the transportation and technology to move products and people to their destinations quickly and efficiently. The region is well connected by highway, rail, air, water, utilities, and fiber. An abundance of hydropower and wind power make our energy clean and affordable.

Highways

I-90 is the northernmost, east-west, coast-to-coast interstate, a Strategic Freight Corridor carrying international and domestic interstate and intrastate trade. Seattle is less than 30 miles (50 km) north of the Pierce County line.

I-5 is the westernmost North-south route, connecting Tacoma-Pierce County to the Canadian border, 150 miles (240 km) to the north, and Mexico to the south.

Airports

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Twenty-four airlines fly out of SeaTac and six cargo-only carriers. Direct scheduled flights go to more than 24 international and 83 domestic destinations.

The Seattle Air Program, a united effort by area freight forwarders and agents to simplify freight transport and minimize costs, offers less-than-truckload shippers the lowest rates of any western U.S. airport.

The airport is ranked among the five best U.S. airports by the International Airline Passengers Association and is ranked as the 9th busiest U.S. airport. SeaTac is located between Seattle and Tacoma and is only a thirty-minute drive from downtown Tacoma.

Regional airports:

Railways

Class 1 rail service

BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad provide fast transcontinental service, connecting Tacoma-Pierce County to key distribution points across North America.

The Port of Tacoma has four on- or near-dock intermodal rail yards.

Domestic & short-haul service

  • Tacoma South Intermodal Facility (TacSim): Operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, this 25-acre near-dock facility serves customers 24/7 with an average truck turn time of less than 10 minutes.
  • Northwest Container Services: Offering four weekly departures between Northwest Seaport Alliance facilities and Portland, Oregon, to serve Oregon retailers and export customers.

Northwest Seaport Alliance rail connections website

Passenger rail service

Ocean Transport

The Northwest Seaport Alliance delivers less congestion, closer proximity to Asia and deep ties to Alaska, as well as award-winning ease of doing business. The Port of Tacoma’s naturally deep-water harbor and ability to handle a wide range of cargo make us ideally suited to meet the growing needs of Pacific Rim trade.

Utility Services

The two major electricity providers in Pierce County are Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Public Utilities.

Electricity Service Providers

Water Service Providers

Natural Gas

Power and water service agreements may vary by local jurisdiction. Contact us for help identifying which provider serves which areas.

Telecommunications

Tacoma-Pierce County is a regional telecommunications hub and home to major Tier 1 providers, as well as regional Tier 2, Tier 3 and local service providers. Redundancy and diversity in local and regional telecommunications, data networks, energy and power sources is common, affordable and reliable.

Mass Transit

Public transit

  • Pierce Transit: fixed-route buses, dial-a-ride transportation, vanpool, ride-matching for carpools
  • Sound Transit: light rail service in Seattle and Tacoma, regional Sounder commuter rail, Sound Transit Express bus service, ORCA cards
  • Downtown on the Go!: services, resources, and programs specific to Downtown Tacoma commuters, businesses, and residents
  • Commute Trip Reduction

Passenger rail service

Infrastructure Improvements

Status of improvements to Pierce County highways

We are available to help your business access the local infrastructure.