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
Water Transportation in Southwestern Illinois
Rail Transportation in Southwestern Illinois
Air Transportation in Southwestern Illinois
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.