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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Centrally positioned within Iowa’s growing southeast region, Washington is a quick 30-minute drive from Iowa City, home of the revered University of Iowa and its famous hospitals and clinics. Nearby roadways, excellent local public transportation, well-equipped airport and countrywide rail lines all play a significant role in Washington’s high quality of life.

Washington enjoys proximity to major road connections that have aided both in strengthening its economic sector and providing efficient travel for the incoming and outgoing public. The Avenue of the Saints (Hwy 218) can be reached in eight minutes, while Interstate 80 is accessible in 30 minutes.


The city has maintained a public transit system since 1972. Washington County Minibus is a private, not-for-profit organization offering affordable and convenient public transit throughout the area. The Minibus operates 20 vehicles in the Washington community, providing a variety of services to those within Washington County, may it be transporting children to school, the elderly to a medical appointment or residents to the grocery store. The Washington County Minibus is handicapped accessible and runs Monday through Friday and Sundays.

Travelers access commercial air service through two regional airports; the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, IA, and the Quad Cities Airport in Moline, IL. Right on the edge of town is the Washington Municipal Airport, which supports both corporate and recreational aircraft.

The Washington Municipal Airport is a catalyst for economic growth by supporting the needs of local agriculture and business operations, as well as users from across the nation. It sports concrete hard surface runways that are capable of handling General Aviation planes up to medium to large jets. There is reliable access in all wind and most weather conditions due to its two runways and the low approach minimums.

Users have access to 24-hour self-fueling of Jet A and 100LL on a well-lit ramp offering a quick turnaround or departure. Situated in the Midwest, the Washington Airport provides support for operations that require in house air transportation to the coasts, to the gulf, or to Canada. The Washington Airport is another feature that Washington has to offer to help your family have a great quality of life experience or to help your business enterprise prosper.

Amtrak rail service is also available approximately 30 minutes from the city, providing connections in Mount Pleasant. The station is served by the California Zephyr route, which operates daily between Chicago and San Francisco, and offers one of the most scenic routes in North America.

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