Overall Economic Impact
Operations and maintenance of the Coos Bay rail line provide a number of benefits to the region, including:
- Transportation options for local industries
- Jobs and income associated with construction projects
- Jobs and income associated with operations
- Reduced emissions, road damage and vehicle accidents
For a full economic impact study, click here.
The Coos Bay rail line is operated by Coos Bay Railroad Operating Co. d/b/a Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR), through a management agreement with the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. The management agreement requires CBR to provide freight rail service and routine rail line maintenance. Coos Bay Railroad Operating Co. is a business unit of ARG Transportation Services, Inc. The Port has responsibility for major rail infrastructure rehabilitation and repair.
Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) operates at the U.S. shortline railroad industry standard of 286,000 lbs/143 short tons (weight of car plus commodity weight) per loaded revenue car. The majority of cars currently moving on the rail line weigh 66,000 to 86,000 lbs/33 to 43 short tons, resulting in a carrying capacity of 200,000 to 220,000 lbs/100 to 110 short tons.
Using 200,000 lbs/100 short tons as an average weight of commodity per rail car, the tonnage figures for the years 2011
through year to date 2016 are as follows:
- 2011 194 revenue car loads = 19,400 short tons
- 2012 2,480 revenue car loads = 248,000 short tons
- 2013 4,845 revenue car loads = 484,500 short tons
- 2014 7,509 revenue car loads = 750,900 short tons
- 2015 7,341 revenue car loads = 734,100 short tons
The Coos Bay rail line was embargoed by the previous owner/operator in September 2007. The Port acquired the 111‐miles of the line owned by RailAmerica, Inc. in spring 2009 through an order from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board at the completion of a Feeder Line Application process initiated in July 2008. The Port acquired the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad owned 23‐mile section of the line through a negotiated agreement with UP in late December 2010.
CBR Rail Car Loads
For a complete list of past railcar loads starting from 2013, click here.
The Coos Bay Rail Line is currently undergoing major rehabilitation right now with a main focus to repairs in bridges and tunnels. These projects are in partnership with independent contractors and rail line customers and funded through loans, grants and awards.
Current Railroad Projects
- Steel Bridge Repairs
- Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation
- Railroad Tunnel Rehabilitation
- Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge Repair
For a full list of projects, click here.
Capital Surcharge Fee
A Capital Projects Surcharge Fee (CPSF) is imposed by the Port on all traffic on the Coos Bay rail line. The CPSF shall be used by the Port for Capital Investment. These include emergency repairs, capital improvement projects and debt service. The CPSF amounts shall be established annually by the Port in consultation with the Railroad. These surcharge fees vary depending on the Zone rail cars are coming from and the type of cargo they are mobing. The CPSF from shippers is aimed towards increasing efficiency, reliability and throughput on the line.
CAPITAL PROJECTS SURCHARGE FEE
EXPLANATION OF ZONES
The Port of Coos Bay also secures funding from grants. These grants can come from a variety sources including businesses, state government and federal government. The Port is always working to apply and secure funding to assure the viability of the Coos Bay Rail Line. The rail line would not be where it is today without critical funding from grant programs like TIGER and ConnectOregon. Below is a brief grant history of the Port.