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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Located in West Alabama where the Appalachian Mountain range meets the coastal plain of Alabama, Tuscaloosa County is a distribution hub that provides road, rail, water and air connections to every major global market.

Tuscaloosa County is efficiently served by I-59/20, which connects to Atlanta via Birmingham in about three hours and to New Orleans in about five hours. U.S. Hwy 82 provides the area with an excellent east/west connector, and U.S. Hwy 43 offers north/south access. Tuscaloosa’s central business districts are connected by I-359.

The Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport/Van de Graaff Field offers excellent charter air services and corporate air facilities. Birmingham’s International Airport, located approximately 50 minutes from Tuscaloosa, provides the region with excellent commercial air service.

The Tuscaloosa County Transit Authority provides bus service for four intercity routes daily. The City of Tuscaloosa provides the Tuscaloosa Trolley, also a scheduled, intercity bus service. ACR Express, Greyhound, and Trailways also provide bus service to the city and charter buses are available as well. Several taxi services have fleets operating daily.

The Black Warrior River connects Tuscaloosa County with the Port of Mobile via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. River traffic can go north to Tennessee, Mississippi and Ohio. Barge service is available on the Black Warrior River, which is a federally maintained waterway.

Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern provide rail service for the region and Amtrak offers passenger service on the Crescent Route, which links New York to New Orleans.

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