Transportation

Living in a region encompassing more than 9,000 square miles, many would be surprised to learn that traffic congestion in the Greater Phoenix region is less than in most major metro areas. Workers in the Greater Phoenix region find their average Commute Time to be much faster than similar sized areas in the United States.


The Transportation Network in Greater Phoenix includes 267 miles of freeways, 20 miles of light rail service, a bus system that serves 70 million passengers each year, and two Class I railroads. This Network provides Connectivity for businesses, their employees and their clients within and well beyond the Greater Phoenix region. For example, four major Arizona interstates, I-10, I-17, I-8 and I-40, connect our state to the rest of the country. These interstates additionally connect the region to major shipping ports along the Pacific Coast and Mexico.


Arizona’s geographic location in the Southwest provides distribution and manufacturing companies excellent opportunities to serve markets in Southern California, the Intermountain West, and Mexico. In addition to an excellent transportation network, Arizona offers attractive Freight rates, affordable land, a robust work force, and a pro-business environment that positions Arizona to become the premier freight hub in the Southwest.


Aviation also plays a key transportation role with two major commercial airports and eight reliever airports located within the Greater Phoenix region. Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the 10 busiest in the nation for passenger traffic, offering 1,200 direct flights daily to 80 nonstop U.S. cities and 20 international locations, while Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport serves more than a half million passengers each year, contributing nearly $700 million in economic activity.

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Transportation