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 mean that our energy is not only clean but comes with some of the lowest costs in the nation.
Use InvestPierceCounty.com to see how local infrastructure connects to available buildings and sites.
- Move goods by road
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.
The Transportation Data & GIS Office produces map products that are used by Federal, State and Local Government Agencies as well as the general public.
- Take to the air
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
SeaTac International Airport is conveniently located 22 miles north of Pierce County and is equidistant from major markets in Europe and Asia. Frequent direct flights reach the Bay Area, Boston, New York, Toronto and Washington, as well as international hubs like Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
In total, 31 airlines connect our region to 28 international and 91 non-stop 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.
- Ride the rails
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.
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.
Learn more at the Northwest Seaport Alliance rail connections website.
- Go by sea
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
- Puget Sound Energy
- Tacoma Power
- Peninsula Light Company (Gig Harbor area)
- Lakeview Light & Power (Lakewood area)
Water Service Providers
Power and water service agreements may vary by local jurisdiction. Contact us for help identifying which provider serves which areas.
Use InvestPierceCounty.com to identify the utilities service provider for available sites and buildings.
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
- 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 Tacoma commuters, businesses, and residents
- Commute Trip Reduction
Passenger rail service
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