Want fast, convenient, cost-effective access to the East Coast and the world (literally) of global markets beyond? Can do: We've got the second-largest highway system in the nation, a network of international and regional airports, access to two deep-sea international ports and the largest consolidated rail system in the country.
RDU International Airport is a major partner in our region's business success. RDU markets the region constantly to air carriers to attract service to destinations that are important to our companies.
Major public investments, including a new state-of-the-art terminal, ensure that RDU remains a competitive asset, moving goods, services and people to serve the global economy.
Nine regional airports serve corporate travelers with fast in-and-out service to companies located across our 13 counties.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
Harnett County Airport (HRJ)
Henderson-Oxford Airport (HNZ)
Johnston County Airport (JNX)
Moore County Airport (SOP)
Person County Airport (TDF)
Raleigh Executive JetPort at Sanford-Lee County Airport (TTA)
Siler City Municipal Airport (5W8)
Triangle North Executive Airport (LHZ)
Triple W Airport (5W5)
Three major interstates - I-40, I-85 an I-95 - intersect in our region, giving our companies direct access to every major East Coast market and two-day trucking access to more than 60 percent of the U.S. population.
Interstate 40, the major east-coast connector for the central part of the United States, runs through the center of our region on its way coast-to-coast from North Carolina to California.
North-South Interstate 85 passes through many of our counties as it winds its way from Richmond to Atlanta along the largest manufacturing corridor in the U.S. Southeast.
North-South Interstate 95, which runs through the eastern half of our region, is the major East Coast artery linking New England to Florida.
U.S. HighwaysU.S. 1
North Carolina provides 4,000 miles of track with 20 crisscrosses to help businesses and industries move goods by rail, comprising a key component of the Research Triangle Region's infrastructure. Major railways service provided by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Corp. are complemented by smaller, local railway companies, offering broad coverage for moving freight and materials. A mix of state and local funders build and maintain tracks needed by both new and expanding industries.
Freight Railway Companies
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad Co.
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway
Atlantic & Western Railway Co.
Carolina Railroad Co.
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Virginia Southern Railroad
North Carolina operates two modern, deep water ports located in Wilmington and Morehead City, less than three hours from our region. Intermodal terminal networks provide the cheapest inland transportation available to and from the ports. Inland ports reduce total shipping costs by consolidating individual truckloads. Foreign Trade Zones are in operation at both ports as well as in the Research Triangle Region to lower the costs of managing international freight.