Courtesy of Tacoma Public Utilities

According to a recent article by The News Tribune, Tacoma Rail is set to receive a $4.95M grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation to assist with the purchase three battery-electric locomotives and install charging infrastructure. Other funding sources are mentioned in the article linked below, and the trains are expected in the 2025–26 time frame.

Assistant superintendent Alan Matheson told The News Tribune, “There are other short-line railroads around the nation that are starting to experiment with this, but we’re definitely leaders in this space in the Pacific Northwest.” The new locomotives will help the city to reach its goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Read more here: Tacoma to get three zero-emission, battery-electric trains | Tacoma News Tribune (