The St. Louis Regional Freightway Purpose
The St. Louis region has a significant range of assets which contribute to the success of individual companies, organizations, and the region as a whole. The Freightway is implementing initiatives to further enhance the experience for current and future users of our freight network, such as:
- Improve first and last-mile connections
- Streamline permitting processes
St. Louis is home to specialized industry clusters, such as:
- Aerospace & Defense
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Cleaning Agent Manufacturing
- Metal Manufacturing & Recycling
The St. Louis region has strategic access to all major modes of transportation. The Freightway develops intermodal connections in the region to offer freight users flexibility and efficiency when shipping cargo across various freight platforms.
- Third largest inland port
- Four interstates with national access
- Five airports with capacity
- Six Class I railroads
E-commerce is becoming an increasingly important facet of the national economy, causing customer expectations of faster service and more options. An effective freight network is an essential element of helping e-commerce providers meet customers’ rising expectations. The Freightway will work with e-commerce stakeholders to make the St. Louis region a critical part of this emerging practice.
- Skilled IT workforce
- Plentiful broadband infrastructure
- Central location; closer to consumers
- Congestion-free network, more efficient shipping & delivery
- The newly expanded Panama Canal will allow for passage of cargo ships up to 3x larger than what is allowed today
- The expanded canal allows for additional shipping options for much of the U.S.
- The Panama Canal’s expansion coupled with the increasing need for lighting fast shipping creates a need for centrally-located warehouse and distribution, such as in the Midwest