Transportation Infrastructure


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Interstate 95: Primary North-South highway serving most populated cities on the East Coast, runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Miami

Interstate 85: Important southeast U.S. arterial highway, travels southwest from Petersburg to Charlotte, Atlanta, to the Gulf Coast

Interstate 64: Major East-West corridor starts in Hampton Roads/Port of Virginia, runs through Richmond to St. Louis

Interstate 295: Bypass for traffic changing between Interstates 95, 85, and 64

U.S. Route 460: Four-lane highway with nearly straight-line access to the Port of Virginia and industrial sites along the route

Rail Service

  • Freight: CSX track runs north and south through the region; Norfolk Southern runs east and west through the region. Both rail lines connect in Petersburg and also nearby in Richmond
  • Double Stack Rail: All along route from Port of Virginia to Chicago in just two days
  • Rail-sided sites and buildings
  • Intermodal Facilities: At least six in the region (half of all facilities in the entire state are clustered locally)
  • Passenger Rail: Petersburg (PTB) Amtrak station service from Miami to New York via the Carolinian/Piedmont line and the Silver Service/Palmetto, with connections to inland U.S. destinations
  • Future High-Speed Rail Corridor StopWill connect the southeastern (Raleigh to Jacksonville) and northeastern (Washington, D.C. to Boston) regions of U.S.; 98,000 annual passengers expected to pass through the Gateway Region


Port of Virginia

  • 78 miles/1.5 hours to reach terminals: Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth
  • Naturally deepest port on the East Coast - 50-foot channel depth accommodates the largest modern transports
  • Home to the largest naval station in the world due to natural advantages
  • 2015 Tonnage: 19.98 million, 4.8% annual increase
  • 2015 TEUs: 2.55 million, 6.5% annual increase
  • Cargo: 64% truck, 33% rail, 3% barge
  • 2.5 hours to open sea
  • 22 days average transit time to/from Asia
  • 36,800 linear feet of track with two Class I railroads operating on-dock
  • Double stacked rail service nationwide to and through the region
  • Richmond Marine Terminal located on outskirts of the region, approx. 19 miles from Petersburg on I-95
    • Direct I-95 access
    • Barge service three times a week to/from the Port of Virginia and global markets
    • 25-foot channel depth
    • On-site: warehousing, cranes, CSX and Norfolk Southern rail access
Source: Port of Virginia; latest data as of May 2016


Richmond International Airport (RIC): American/U.S. Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United, Southwest, Allegiant and Interjet currently serve RIC, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and easy access to global destinations. More than 3.5 million passengers annually and growing. 

Dulles International (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA): Washington, D.C. two-hour drive from the region. Air taxi service available from Chesterfield County Airport and Dinwiddie County Airport.

Newport News (PHF) and Norfolk (ORF): International airports smaller scale 1.5-hour drive to the east, with commercial and bulk service.

Chesterfield County Airport: Fully instrumented, ILS equipped, general aviation airport with transport facility, 5,500-foot lighted runway, charter and flying services, and fully-equipped and -staffed maintenance hangar.

Dinwiddie County AirportTransport facility, fully equipped and staffed maintenance hangar, two runways (5,001 and 3,060 feet), charter flights, air taxi.

Wakefield Municipal Airport: Located in Sussex County along U.S. Route 460 with a transport facility and 4,350-foot lighted runway.