Washington shippers say Nyssa rail center attractive – but only with speedy train service

Hopes of a rail center north of Nyssa will attract commodities from across the Northwest will depend on fast rail service, according to some agriculture executives and producers in Washington. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan)

NYSSA – Supporters of a rail reload center in Nyssa believe the closure of a major rail facility in eastern Washington could attract more business.

However, some producers and agriculture executives in the region say they aren’t interested unless the Nyssa development can offer expedited rail service.

In May, Union Pacific Railroad shuttered its specialty rail shipping facility in Wallula, Washington. The facility, southeast of the Tri-Cities and 230 miles from Nyssa, specialized in direct train shipments of commodities to the east, cutting days off normal train service.

“With COVID-19 impacting volume and truck prices, it is no longer . . .