What is the Portland Albina & Brooklyn Rail Yard Relocation Project?

The Albina & Brooklyn Rail Yard Relocation Project is a generational opportunity and effort to transform an underutilized 215 and 110-acre site, respectively, into a unique public open space that is reflective of the community’s needs and vision. The community imagines the site providing a combination of park space, walking trails, wetlands, wildlife habitat, employment, warehousing, housing, river access, public recreation and acres of new publicly accessible open space along the east bank of the Willamette River.

Why should I or my local Neighborhood Association donate to the Albina Rail Yard Relocation Project?

If you help us reach our $25,000 goal toward the study,stakeholders and communities will be given the opportunity to provide input on potential site locations, identified opportunities, constraints and features from the redevelopment aspects.

What is a railroad relocation and what does it entail?

Railroad relocation from urban core to outlying areas of the community may be a viable alternative for alleviating operational, safety and environmental concerns, while retaining the economic benefits of railroad service to the community. Relocation generally involves the complete rebuilding of railroad facilities, including acquisition of new Right-of-way and construction of track, drainage structures, signals and communications, crossings and separations, station facilities, and utilities.

Will there be any benefit to relocating the Albina and / or Brooklyn Intermodal Yard?

The potential benefits to rail relocation extend beyond those associated with crossing safety and operations. Possible additional benefits include:

  • Relief from existing and projected traffic congestion.

  • Improvements in the railroad’s operational efficiency / alleviate UP bottleneck.

  • Possibly eliminate all at-grade crossings throughout the Central Eastside Industrial corridor.

  • Improved environmental quality of life resulting from decreased noise and air pollution.

  • Increased potential for new economic development.

  • Improved land use and appearance.

  • Safer routes for hazardous materials movement.

  • Elimination of obstructions to emergency vehicles.

  • Increased opportunity for expansion of existing Portland businesses.

  • Relieve pressure off local housing prices.

  • The ability to connect to more than one Class 1 railroad such as CSX or Norfolk Southern is always preferred. Rail customers are often able to obtain more favorable rail rates when there is competition between two Class 1 railroads.

Is there Soil Contamination Present at either facility?

There is no immediate health risk from either intermodal site but given that the sites are actively and have been historically used for rail operations, the soil may contain some contaminants. While current site conditions do not pose an immediate health risk, cleanup (remediation) of the soil is necessary before the site can be redeveloped into any sort of communal space for the public and for the safety of the environment and people in the area.

How will public health be protected during the different phases of the project? 

To protect the surrounding community and on-site workers during field activities, field work will be conducted according to a site-specific Health and Safety Plan approved by DEQ. Dust will be suppressed by spraying water on soil to ensure that the amount of dust generated is minimized, and stockpiled soil will be covered with plastic sheeting. Air monitoring will be conducted to monitor the amount of dust generated and ensure that spraying the soil with water is effective. Most of the excavated soil will be transported to an offsite licensed facility either using rail cars connected to the adjacent rail transportation system or by trucks. All rail cars and trucks leaving the site will be covered, and trucks will also be covered and have their tires brushed and cleaned so no contaminated soil is tracked into the street.

Who can we contact with more questions about the project?

            Project Information:

            Mo Badreddine albinarailrelocationproject@gmail.com

All other inquiries can be submitted through our online contact form.