Ideal Location, Superior Transportation

Southwestern Illinois

Southwestern Illinois has a modern, fully integrated transportation system, providing economical and efficient access to land, air, water, and rail. The area also features thousands of acres of competitively priced land located within the St. Louis region's circumferential interstate loop. These advantages have turned Southwestern Illinois into a center for transportation and distribution companies in the fast-growing logistics industry. The area's easy access to markets, superior intermodal transportation system and its abundant land have attracted a variety of consumer product companies, including Dial Corporation, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Hershey.

Highway Transportation in Southwestern Illinois

Madison and St. Clair counties offer 122 miles of interstate highway including I-70, I-55 and I-64. These three major interstates are linked via I-255/270, which forms the St. Louis metropolitan circumferential loop. They are an integral part of the east-west and north-south national interstate road network, which converges in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Water Transportation in Southwestern Illinois

America's Central Port, located adjacent to Locks and Dam #27 on the Chain of Rocks Canal just three miles from downtown St. Louis, provides a mid-continent intermodal transportation facility location for the shipment of goods and cargo.

Rail Transportation in Southwestern Illinois

Southwestern Illinois, as part of the bi-state St. Louis region, is one of the largest rail centers in the United States. The region handles approximately 10,000 rail cars per day and contains more than 30 railyard facilities. The region is served by nine trunk-line railroads, with more than 40 rail lines radiating to all parts of North America. Connections are provided by three switching and transfer railroads.

Air Transportation in Southwestern Illinois

Southwestern Illinois is currently served by MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in St. Clair County and two regional airports - St. Louis Regional in Madison County and St. Louis Downtown Airport in St. Clair County. These three facilities work in concert with nearby Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to provide a range of passenger and air cargo services. MidAmerica is expected to play a larger role in the latter in the coming years since earning the designation necessary to accept international air cargo shipments in early 2007.

Public Transportation in Southwestern Illinois

Transit services in Southwestern Illinois are provided by Metro, St. Clair County Transit District and Madison County Transit (MCT) District.

Metro, the bi-state region's primary transit provider, operates 19 MetroBus routes throughout St. Clair County for the St. Clair County Transit District. Metro's transportation system also includes the St. Louis region's light rail system known as MetroLink, which extends into Southwestern Illinois and provides St. Clair County residents with easy, affordable access to downtown St. Louis and a host of regional attractions. MetroLink stretches all the way from Lambert St. Louis International Airport to Scott Air Force Base and includes 11 stations in St. Clair County alone.

Madison County Transit operates a fixed-route bus service within and between different communities in Madison County, connections to MetroLink and express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary paratransit bus service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 85 miles of trails in Madison County that comprise the MCT trails bikeway system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region's Free carpooling and vanpooling program.