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Six interstate routes traverse West Virginia, providing quick and easy access to major population and industrial centers in the Northeast, South and Midwest.

The state’s highways represent an extensive and reliable transportation network in themselves. They also serve as links in an intermodal transportation system, providing strategic access to transshipment points by rail, water and air. These transportation modes combine to offer West Virginia businesses unmatched versatility and convenience in serving regional, national and global markets with the most advanced “just-in-time” delivery.

West Virginia has the capacity for overnight delivery to half of the U.S. population and about a third of the Canadian population.

Air travel and freight

Passengers and freight can fly from West Virginia airports to major destinations less than an hour away at:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Charlotte
  • Cincinnati
  • Roanoke
  • Washington, D.C.

Direct flights also connect the state to:

  • Baltimore
  • Cleveland
  • Detroit
  • New York
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlanta

Major cities in the northern and eastern panhandles of West Virginia are served directly by Pittsburgh International Airport and Dulles International Airport. Private charters also are available to meet a variety of business needs.

Intercoastal and intracoastal shipping

Parkersburg is less than 200 direct interstate highway miles from the international seaport at Cleveland.

Martinsburg is less than 200 miles from the port at Philadelphia, less than 100 miles from the port at Baltimore and less than 50 miles from the Virginia Inland Port at Front Royal.

The Ohio River inland port at Huntington, where West Virginia meets Ohio and Kentucky, is the nation’s largest inland port.

Rails for freight

More than 2,400 miles of railroad track carry almost 250 million tons of freight each year in West Virginia, which is well served by mainline freight carriers CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern. Because of their proximity to river ports and trucking centers, railroads remain an integral component in the state’s intermodal transportation system.

West Virginia
EDGE Magazine:

Road to Rail

West Virginia is located in the Mid-Atlantic region, within a day’s drive of 50 percent of the United States population: a competitive advantage for companies who must get their products to market quickly. The state’s diverse transportation network is often cited as one of the keys to a company’s success. That network is about to expand even further with the opening of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway, a facility in Prichard, scheduled for June 2015.

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Business Climate Brochure
Business Climate Brochure

During the last several years, West Virginia has produced a positive business climate for new and expanding companies that want to create good jobs in West Virginia.