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.