For more than 100 years, the Detroit region’s well-connected transportation infrastructure has served the automotive industry’s supply chain. Michigan is only 500 miles, or a day’s drive, from half of the population of the U.S., providing the infrastructure needed to transport products and people there and across the world.
Michigan is among the top 10 in the nation for road infrastructure with 1,244 miles of interstate highway and 8,480 miles of U.S. and state highways. It is also one of only three Great Lakes states with toll free highways.
Over 10,000 trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit into Canada daily, making it the busiest border crossing in North America.
Michigan has 18 commercial airports, including the 17th busiest airport in the world, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). Consistently ranked as one of the top international airports in the world, DTW offers 280 international flights weekly. It also ranks top 25 for cargo movement in North America.
DTW annually has more movements than either the JFK or LaGuardia airports in New York and Boston Logan Airport in Massachusetts.
Michigan is served by 26 freight railroads (8th in the country), which cover 3,634 miles of rail (12th in the country). The Detroit Region is served by four of the seven national Class I railroads in the U.S., unique to only one-third of the nation, and three of the four railroads have intermodal terminals in regional Detroit.
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Michigan has 40 commercial ports, 38 of which are deep water ports, and the Port of Detroit is the third largest international gateway in the U.S. It connects the Great Lakes and the entire Midwest to the St. Lawrence Seaway, and by extension, the rest of the world. The Port of Detroit imports over 750 million tons of steel annually.