TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS 2016-10-14T08:40:45+00:00


Pottawattamie County is strategically located in the center of the United States within the Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA. With access to transcontinental interstates, rail, air and barge service, the area has a leading edge logistics advantage.


Interstate 80, a primary east coast to west coast artery, and Interstate 29, a major NAFTA route, connect in Pottawattamie County.  The area is also served by two border-to-border U.S. highways. U.S. 6 is an east-west route (Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts) and U.S. 59 is a north-south route (Lancaster, Minnesota to Laredo, Texas). These major U.S. transportation corridors enable businesses to reach most national markets within one to two days by truck.



Distance (miles)

Days by Truck

Atlanta 980 2
Chicago 432 1
Dallas-Fort Worth 696 1
Denver 564 1
Des Moines 104 1
Kansas City 179 1
Los Angeles 1,587 3
Minneapolis 338 1
New Orleans 996 2
New York 1,222 2
Omaha 30 1
St. Louis 468 1


Nearly 100 freight carriers serve the area including Con-Way located near Shelby, Iowa.


“The proximity of I-80 and other major highways was key to locating our new site in Shelby Iowa. We already had a qualified labor pool in the area so being able to find a location for our new site was very important. We appreciated the excellent assistance we received from Western Iowa Development Association in presenting several location options that met our site criteria.”
Joseph Deluca, Con-Way


The area is well served by rail.

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The BNSF, a Class I railroad, serves the area. The BNSF is among the largest railroads in the U.S. with track mileage totaling over 32,000 miles covering 29 states and two Canadian provinces.


Iowa Interstate Railroad also serves the area. The IAIS is a Class II railroad operating over 500 miles between Omaha and Chicago and provides connections to all Class I carriers at various points on its line enabling its customers to ship goods to/from anywhere in North America.

Also serving the area in nearby Omaha-Council Bluffs metro are the Union Pacific and the Canadian National Railroad.

Intermodal service is available within the metro.


Eppley Airfield in Omaha provides access to commercial air passenger and air freight services including a foreign trade zone and customs services.

For small, private aircraft, the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport has a 4,100 ft. x 75 ft., hard-surfaced runway.


Three barge terminals are located in Council Bluffs along the Missouri River. Waterway transportation is available, generally, from March through November.