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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

This region has been at the heart of industrial activity since the time it was founded as a terminus of the Miami & Erie Canal, then as a key railway center between New York and Chicago, and finally as a cornerstone of the automobile industry. Today, Toledo sits at the busiest intersection in the country – Interstate 75 and Interstate 80. Our region is within a 500-mile radius of more than 93 million people – almost 40 percent of the North American population.

The major transportation elements of our regional center include: The Toledo Express Airport (with air cargo, general aviation, passenger service, air national guard activity); the Norfolk-Southern Airline Junction Intermodal Yard (connecting Toledo by rail to Chicago, Detroit and east coast ports); the Southern Great Lakes Distribution Corridor (with access to strategic north/south and east/west interstate highways serving all of eastern North America); the Toledo Seaport (with direct water access to global markets via the St. Lawrence Seaway System); the CSX Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal (with direct rail access to west and east coast seaports); and the Amtrak Station at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was the first port authority established in the state of Ohio in 1955. Today, the Port focuses on three initiatives - Maritime, Aviation and Development. Let the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority be your source for the transport of your supplies and cargo.

To learn more about the Port Authority, visit

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority manages the two major aviation assets in the region – Toledo Express Airport and Toledo Executive Airport. Both assets are owned by the City of Toledo and leased to the Port Authority, which has responsibility for day-to-day aviation operations. Services include passenger, cargo, military and general aviation.

Toledo Express Airport is an emerging participant in the global distribution network. The airport has been home to regularly scheduled air cargo activity to and from Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. As a well-established domestic hub with increased international connectivity, Toledo Express Airport is well positioned to function as an inland port and an alternative to congested air cargo gateways. DHL, Grand Aire, Sierra West, Northern Air Cargo and BX Solutions all provide service to domestic and international shippers at Toledo Express.

The airport offers a wide variety of aviation services including three fixed-based operators (National Flight Services, Grand Aire and TOL Aviation), as well as Toledo Jet Center and Toledo Public Schools Aviation Center.

Toledo Express is also home to the United States Air Force’s 180th Fighter Wing – an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter organization assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard. The 180th Fighter Wing’s primary mission is to train, organize and equip expeditionary war fighters to deploy, fight and win worldwide, with minimum response time, in cases of national emergency. The 180th Fighter Wing was recently selected to stand up an ASA mission that will aid in the protection of the Continental United States and Canada under the direction of the North American Air Defense Command.

To learn more about Toledo Express Airport, visit

The Port of Toledo is well-positioned as an inland distribution point for North American commerce and is home to 15 terminals linked to global markets through the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System. It handles more than 12 million tons of cargo and 700 vessel calls each year, and the Toledo Shipyard is home to one of the only U.S. full-service shipyards with graving docks on the lower lakes. Recent property acquisitions have more than doubled the size of the seaport, making it the largest land mass seaport on the Great Lakes.

To learn more about the Port of Toledo, visit; and to take a virtual tour, visit


The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority acquired one of the last union stations constructed in the United States – Central Union Terminal – from Conrail in 1994. The Port Authority invested more than $11 million, which included federal grants and Port Authority funds, to renovate the historic facility into a modern train and bus terminal and office complex. The terminal was rededicated as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in 2001, and hundreds of travelers utilize the Plaza daily, making it one of Ohio’s busiest passenger rail hubs.

Additionally, four major freight railroads move freight through the region. With several rail yards loading petroleum products, automotive parts, completed automobiles, bulk and break-bulk cargo, and food products, Toledo ranks as one of the top five rail hubs in the United States.

MASS TRANSIT With 54 bus routes, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) serves the communities of Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Maumee, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Spencer Township and Waterville with second-to-none service and trouble-free, safe travel. All buses are wheelchair accessible, equipped with bike racks and are “green” – using biofuels to save money and protect our environment.

Eight free Park-N-Ride lots are available Monday through Friday to allow commuters to save gas and car maintenance while getting to and from work without any hassle. College students at the University of Toledo, Lourdes University, Owens Community College (Toledo-area Campus, Source Learning Center, and Arrowhead Learning Center), Stautzenberger College, Heidelberg at Arrowhead Park and Herzing University also enjoy convenient routes and schedules.

Additional services include: Call-A-Ride, an on-demand bus service for six different communities, game shuttles to Mud Hens and Walleye events, and TARPS paratransit service for travelers with special mobility needs. TARTA also offers the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which allows alternative transportation mode users employed within the TARTA service area to take a timely, nonscheduled return taxi trip from their workplace in the event of a personal or family emergency, illness, or unexpected employment-related delay, such as unscheduled overtime.

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