The region has multiple deep-water port facilities offering service to destinations worldwide. The Port of Everett is located in the center of Snohomish County. Container, break-bulk and barge facilities are available for cargo movement. The Port operates Foreign Trade Zone #85 and is the largest recreational marina on the US West Coast. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma (located 25 and 55 miles south respectively) have numerous scheduled liner services. Seattle handles 2.0 Million TEU’s annually; Tacoma handles 1.5 Million TEU’s. The Port of Edmonds in South Snohomish County offers marina facilities for the recreational boater.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is the primary airport serving the region; it offers commercial passenger and cargo service worldwide and is approximately 40 miles south of Everett. Snohomish County Airport Paine Field is a full-service general aviation airport adjacent to the Boeing Everett plant that accommodates the largest aircraft. Scheduled commercial passenger service is not currently available but is under review.
The Interstate 5 Freeway runs north/south from the Canadian border to Mexico. It traverses Snohomish County, providing direct trucking links throughout the West Coast. Seattle is the western terminus for Interstate 90, the major east/west freeway for the northern U.S. that takes you to Boston. For Fiscal Years 2012-15, $435 million in Snohomish County highway projects are funded.
The Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad owns the freight rail network in Snohomish County. The Union Pacific brings freight as far as their Seattle yard. Sound Transit offers commuter rail service connecting Everett in the north through Seattle to the City of Tacoma in the south. The Sound Transit regional light rail system is under construction; when complete the system will take a traveler from Everett to the SeaTac Airport.
The Washington State Ferry System is an extension of the state highway system and is the largest of its kind in the world. On a daily basis, it transports thousands of workers in and out of Snohomish County from residential communities across the water.
Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit are the three main transit authorities serving Snohomish County.
Electricity in the county is provided by Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 (PUD). The PUD is publicly-owned by the residents of the county. The PUD purchases 80 % of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), an entity of the US Department of Energy. BPA power is generated by hydroelectric dams, a renewable resource. The PUD has power purchase agreements for biomass and wind-generated electricity. It is evaluating investments in tidal, geothermal and other sources of renewable, sustainable power. General Service – Medium Load (Schedule 20) rates range from $0.06-08/kWh. Snohomish County PUD Rate Schedule
Distribution of natural gas in Snohomish County is provided by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a regional, investor-owned utility. Natural gas comes primarily from Canada. PSE is taking an active interest in renewable power for distribution in counties where they also provide electricity. They have recently purchased two wind turbine farms which generate 379 megawatts of electricity. A 500 kW solar project is located at one of the windfarms. Gas rates are based on a variable cost of gas plus a delivery charge of $0.31527 per therm (Commercial Industrial General Service No. 31). PSE Rate Schedule
Water / Wastewater
Water and wastewater service in most of Snohomish County is provided through the City of Everett. The City’s systems were originally developed to serve a pulp and paper industry that is no longer present. Significant capacity is available. City of Everett Water Service Rate
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