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Location and Transportation

Kearney’s favorable location within central Nebraska — a state many refer to as the “Heartland of America” — affords it convenient access to many of the nation’s major metropolitan markets. Many transportation options can be reached from the city, as Nebraska provides an extensive web of highway and railway corridors offering access to both coasts, plus the Gulf of Mexico via ports along the Missouri River.

The city, situated in Buffalo County, sits along the north bank of the great Platte River, approximately 186 miles west of Omaha. Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 30 and State Highways 10, 40 and 44, along with a vast network of local roadways, advantageously serve the Kearney community.

A main line of the Union Pacific Railroad benefits the city, providing approximately 100 freight trains daily. In fact, the railroad affords nearly 1,400 total inbound and outbound cars annually. For commuter use, Amtrak is available through a station in nearby Holdrege—a short 30-mile drive from Kearney.

The city oversees the operations of the Kearney Municipal Airport, which provides the region with opportunities for passenger, air freight and air express services. The airport houses more than 60 aircraft and fields around 20,000 operations annually. Facilities at Kearney Municipal include two runways and six taxiways, complemented by a multitude of services such as fuel, maintenance and repair, towing, pilot training, hangar storage, tie down and transportation options—among others.

Several additional transportation resources serve residents of the Kearney community, offering convenient local and regional travel options.

Direct access from Kearney to Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings and York, plus the local charter service, is offered through Eppley Express shuttle service. Eppley Express also operates Kearney’s Trolleys—Carl and Rosie—providing chartered package tours for both residents and tourists to many of the area’s popular attractions, plus charter services for a variety of uses.

R.Y.D.E. (Reach Your Destination Easily) provides affordable public transit to all residents of Kearney to a number of destinations throughout Buffalo County. R.Y.D.E. also works closely with Kearney Cab Company when transportation services are unavailable. The Kearney Cab Company serves the community with cabs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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