Transportation

Location, location, location. Mid-Illinois is perfectly positioned to provide global market access through multimodal transportation.

Unparalleled Connectivity

In our region, transportation is a catalyst for progress, propelling businesses forward and linking communities, businesses, consumers, and opportunities.

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Midwest Inland Port

Mid-Illinois is home to the Midwest Inland Port, a multimodal hub located in Decatur, Illinois that delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America. Strategically located, MIP boasts toll and congestion-free access to one of the country’s most active truck and rail traffic routes. Illinois is also the only state in which all Class I railroads operate.

Heart of Illinois Regional Port District

The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District, branded as TransPORT, is the northernmost point on the Illinois River to have year-round access. Its multimodal connections support the district’s top commodities: food, chemicals, and fertilizer.

Illinois is the future for SMART Infrastructure with the conceptualization of the Illinois Autonomous and Connected Track

As the hub of the nation’s transportation systems (air, rail, and freight), Illinois is well-positioned to pioneer the cradle-to-market program of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and their full integration into the transportation infrastructure. Located in Rantoul at the decommissioned (BRAC) Chanute Air Force Base, the track would be the only US autonomous track for freight trains.