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Transportation

The Saint Paul/East Metro area enjoys the benefits of being a major transportation hub for the Midwest. Home to many major corporations and more than 1.1 million people, the area takes advantage of all major modes of travel to help people get where they need to go.

Approximately 400 miles west of Chicago, the Saint Paul/East Metro area is easily accessible via major Interstates 35 from the north and south and 94 from the east and west. It is just hours away from other major Midwest cities including: Des Moines, Omaha, Milwaukee and Sioux Falls. A well-designed system of freeways connects neighborhoods to the downtown areas efficiently. Traffic management is proactive in the area, with significant investments being made to improve safety and expand the system.

It is also home to the Saint Paul/Minneapolis International (MSP) and Humphrey Airport, which offer access to the world with service provided by major carriers (including Air Tran Airways, America West, American, Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Frontier, KLM Royal Dutch, Iceland, Northwest, Sun Country, United and US Airways). MSP is one of the busiest airports in the world, with more than a half-million takeoffs and landings each year. It ranks third in the world in an airport customer satisfaction survey released by J.D. Power and Associates. The airport is nearing the end of a $3 billion expansion program aimed at making travel more safe, efficient and enjoyable.

The Saint Paul/East Metro area is also served by Saint Paul’s downtown airport, Holman Field, conveniently located only five minutes from the business center of Saint Paul. Holman Field has been developed to meet the needs of corporate and business aviation.

Amtrak serves the Midwest using Saint Paul as a daily hub between Seattle and Chicago. Visitors also can take advantage of Greyhound Bus Lines, which link the area to over 1,400 communities across the United States.

Air Transportation

Metro Transit is the country’s 11th largest transit system, and operates 121 routes to provide over 77-million bus trips annually via fast, frequent light rail service to both downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Mall of America, the University of Minnesota and hundreds of other popular attractions. There are 70 local-service routes, 51 express routes and eight contract service routes covered by 891 buses and 21 rail cars.

The area’s first light rail line, the Hiawatha line, was completed in 2004, and connects MSP Airport, Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. Subsequent LRT, commuter rail and bus rapid transit lines throughout the region will offer new transit options to better connect people to work, shopping, education and hospitality attractions.

The Mississippi River, the historical transportation artery in the area, remains a viable commercial channel for the barge traffic that carries cargo to industries in other states. This mode of transportation remains a vital link for business and an efficient mode of bulk transport.

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