MSP's central location allows companies to maximize access to clients & suppliers on both US coasts
MSP International is ranked 17th in North America in passenger traffic serving more than 33 million passengers, according to the Airports Council International. MSP International ranks the best in the country for security check-in, on-time arrivals and easy navigation. It consistently ranks among the world’s best airports in terms of efficiency, amenities and passenger satisfaction. Thanks to the Twin Cities' central North American location, travelers can reach either coast in a few hours. MSP International offers non-stop flights to 123 U.S. cities and 25 international markets.
A dozen municipal or regional airports relieve congestion at the MSP Airport by servicing private and corporate aircraft.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute time in the Greater MSP region was 25.1 minutes in 2013; The Greater MSP region had the sixth shortest average commute time among major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Most recently, the TTI national congestion report showed the Twin Cities region as having the best highway mobility of any major metropolitan area in the country, contributing to why our region is the second least stressful city in the nation. Our mass transit network also continues to expand, creating one of the top bus transit systems, a growing passenger rail system, one of the best bike/ped systems and a growing MnPASS Express Lane System that provides congestion free travel to buses, carpools and solo drivers.
Thanks to a convenient location in central North America, businesses in the Greater MSP region are able to distribute their products and services to both coasts. Our close proximity to I-94 and I-35 makes it easy for products made in the region can to quickly reach anywhere in the nation. The map below shows highway connections and number of miles from the Greater MSP region to other major cities.
The Greater MSP area is located next to two major bodies of water which provide additional transportation opportunities. The Port of Duluth to the north connects the region’s business to ocean-going ships via Lake Superior. Going south, there are three ports on the Mississippi River for hauling products across the country to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River System stretches over 222 miles in Minnesota and supports five port areas whose combined 2012 waterway transported tonnage was 10.7 million net tons. Minnesota has four ports on Lake Superior including Taconite Harbor, Silver Bay, Two Harbors and Duluth/Superior. Their combined waterway transported tonnage for 2012 was just over 61 million net tons. The map below provides more information on port transportation within the Greater MSP region.
Many of our region’s major industries rely on the rail system for efficient delivery of goods. The freight rail system is particularly critical in providing efficient connections to markets beyond the State’s borders, throughout North America, and to the world through the seaports on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and the Great Lakes. Minnesota has four Class 1 railroads, 4,538 route miles of railroads serviced by 22 railroad companies. The map below shows rail line connections throughout the region.