Location, location, location – as the center of the three major Piedmont Triad cities, Kernersville boasts of an enviable address.
Maps show ribbons of roadwork winding around the small town. Instead of being hemmed in by uncontrollable growth, Kernersville’s town leaders have embraced the growth and tempered it by staying true to maintaining the small town feel.
As a result, Kernersville’s traffic is mild compared to Charlotte, Raleigh or even nearby cities like Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Yet this central location led to the decision by FedEx Ground to invest over $100 million for a new hub located in Kernersville. The facility, with nearly 800 employees, will route thousands of packages each day. Not only is the new FedEx Ground location a huge coup to the town’s portfolio of businesses, but its location is expected to attract more companies in transportation and logistics fields, especially as the Piedmont Triad International Airport grows in usage as the area’s major cargo hub. Several major trucking companies like TCI Logistics and Roadway Express Inc. have made Kernersville home, largely due to the strong network of highways that surround the town.
The Piedmont Triad International Airport’s convenience benefits more than freight-oriented industries, though. The airport is just 20 minutes away from downtown Kernersville— its proximity an attractive factor for busy executives on the go and for folks who like to travel. However, flight patterns do not cause noise pollution for Kernersville’s air space.
Public transportation options have increased in the Piedmont Triad during recent years. Kernersville is a stop on the PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation) bus routes. Although the South Main Street stop is the only PART Express bus stop in Kernersville, a Winston-Salem Transportation Authority bus stop exists on the campus of East Forsyth High School.
PART Express unites the three city transportation systems of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point. Riders can catch a city bus to their city’s main terminal. Using a PART bus, they can ride to the PART hub on Highway 68 and transfer to another city’s bus. Shuttles can be booked in advance for different drop-off and pick-up locations. Riders include everyone from hourly workers to white-collar professionals on the bus. The diversity mirrors the reasons people take PART. Some Triad residents need regional transportation as a way to travel to work or home. Others choose the bus as an environmentally friendly option.
According to the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, “PART Express is the regional bus system connecting the major cities of the Piedmont and bringing people from the outlying counties into the urban areas. Fourteen PART Express Routes are offered during weekdays with two routes running on the weekend. PART vehicles drive 60,000 revenue miles per year. There are 23 Park & Ride lots scattered across the Piedmont Triad. PART served 544,061 passenger trips in FY ’09 with an average length of 26 miles.” The organization hopes to reduce vehicle miles traveled, reduce emissions and encourage people to ride PART Express and carpool to this means.
Kernersville residents regularly hop on Business 40 and I-40 to reach other metropolitan areas. The town’s close location to I-85, Highway 52 and I-77 make travel and navigation simple.