Transportation

Welcome to the Crossroads of America. In Northeast Indiana you’ll find our Midwestern location a benefit to your business. Our centralized location and competitive network of railroads, air service, and highways will save your business time and money. 

Here is a look at how doing business in Northeast Indiana can give your business greater access to the U.S. market:

Rail

Class I Freight Railroads

  • CSX operates an intermodal facility in North Baltimore, Ohio (less than 90 miles from Fort Wayne). CSX’s major east–west mainline from Chicago to the northeast passes directly through Auburn.

  • Norfolk Southern operates intermodal facilities in Columbus, Ohio (160 miles east of Fort Wayne), and Chicago (160 miles west of Fort Wayne). Norfolk Southern’s main lines converge in Fort Wayne and connect to Chicago; Detroit; Cincinnati; Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Class II Freight Railroads

  • Genesee & Wyoming Inc. runs from Crestline, Ohio (140 miles east of Fort Wayne), to Tolleston, Indiana. (140 miles west of Fort Wayne).

  • Indiana Northeastern Railroad stretches nearly 130 miles, with major interchanges in Montpelier, Ohio (less than 60 miles from Fort Wayne), and Sturgis, Michigan. (roughly 70 miles from Fort Wayne). 

Ports

The Lake Erie Port of Toledo, Ohio (100 miles east of Fort Wayne), is a multimodal transportation hub with heavy waterborne, rail, and highway activity. The Port of Toledo is well positioned as an inland distribution point for North American commerce and is home to 15 terminals linked to global markets through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. The Port of Toledo handles over 12 million tons of cargo and 700 vessel calls each year, and the Toledo Shipyard is home to one of few full-service shipyards with graving docks on the lower lakes. Recent property acquisitions have more than doubled the size of the seaport, making it the largest land-mass seaport on the Great Lakes.

The Ports of Indiana annually ships about 70 million tons of cargo by water each year, which ranks 14th among all U.S. states. With 400 miles of direct access to two major freight-transportation arteries, Northeast Indiana is connected to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (via Lake Michigan) and the Inland Waterway System (via the Ohio River). The state’s three-port system serves the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural region through a combination of strategic locations, intermodal connections, and specialized facilities. The three ports are: the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor (125 miles west of Fort Wayne), the Port of Indiana Mount Vernon (300 miles southwest of Fort Wayne), and the Port of Indiana Jeffersonville (230 miles south of Fort Wayne).

Our centralized location and competitive network of railroads, air service, and highways will save your business time and money.

Air

Northeast Indiana’s air service through the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority welcomes more than 715,000 passengers each year and provides business greater access to national and global markets.

In 2016, the airport opened the Fort Wayne Aero Center, Northeast Indiana’s premier full-service fixed-base operator (FBO) for business or leisure traveling.

Here are highlights of our region’s air service:

Fort Wayne International Airport’s (FWA) Major Airlines:

FWA’s Runways 

  • 12,000 feet and 8,000 feet 

Nonstop Destinations from FWA

  • We have direct service to 12 destinations. 
  • Seven are major hubs, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Newark.
  • The other five are the Allegiant “vacation destinations” to Fort Myers, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; and Tampa, Florida.

Northeast Indiana is also home to the following regional airports:

Road 

  • Interstate 69 runs south to north from Evansville to Indianapolis through Northeast Indiana to the Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan.
  • Interstate 80/90, also known as the Indiana Toll Road, is a tolled highway running east to west across the northernmost part of Indiana, which is also a part of the New York–Chicago toll-road system.
  • U.S. 30 run directly through the region and serves as the third longest U.S. route, after U.S. Route 20 and U.S. Route 6. 
  • Northeast Indiana serves as a strategic distribution hub for businesses targeting the Great Lakes and Midwest. We are located only two hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.
  • Businesses in the Fort Wayne region have access to seven U.S. highways and more than 20 state roads that stretch throughout Northeast Indiana.
  • Businesses in Northeast Indiana have a one-day drive by truck to more than 40 percent of the U.S. population and over one-fifth of the Canadian population.
  • Northeast Indiana is situated within a 500-mile drive of nearly 20 major U.S. and Canadian markets

Place your business in Northeast Indiana to reach your market faster and with less cost. If you’re ready to consider doing business in our region let’s begin the conversation.

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