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Transportation

HIGHWAYS

Getting anywhere is easy from here. The Carolinas Gateway Partnership region, comprised of the Rocky Mount MSA, which is all of Edgecombe and Nash Counties combined, clearly defines strategic location. We are halfway between New York and Florida directly on I-95 and US 64/future I-495; one hour east of North Carolina's renowned Research Triangle Park; and just 120 miles inland of the famed Outer Banks. The Rocky Mount MSA offers convenient access to the major interstate highway systems, providing excellent toll-free truck transportation on I-95 north-south (about 5 miles west), and I-40 east-west (less than 50 miles away) linking with I-85 and I-77 northeast, southeast and east-west. US 64/future I-495, a four-lane interstate quality highway also links the area with the national interstate system. Approximately 96% of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership region's population is within 10 miles of a four-lane highway.

In addition to I-95 and US 64, the Carolinas Gateway region is served by US Highways 301, 264 and 258, as well as proposed new Interstates 495 and 44.

Capitalizing on our over-land network, 30+ motor carriers and 10 terminals have located here, offering one-day access to the East Coast's major markets. An easy drive and products reach the deep water ports of Morehead City and Wilmington, NC, and Norfolk and Hampton Roads, VA.

Nearest Major North Carolina Cities (100,000+ population)
Raleigh, NC - 60 miles
Cary, NC - 68 miles
Durham, NC - 69 miles
Fayetteville, NC - 95 miles
Greensboro, NC - 135 miles
Winston-Salem, NC - 163 miles

Average Driving Times to Selected Locations
Atlanta, Georgia - 9 hours
Charleston, South Carolina - 5 hours
Charlotte, North Carolina - 4 hours
New York City, New York - 9 hours
Raleigh, North Carolina - 1 hour
Washington, DC - 4 hours
Wilmington, NC - inland2 hours

AIRPORTS
Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport (RWI), located 10 miles from Rocky Mount, has a 7,100 foot lighted runway with instrument landing system, making it ideal for corporate traffic.

Commercial passenger service is available out of nearby Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), approximately an hour's drive from the area. RDU offers 400 daily departures by several major airlines and regional carriers that provide direct non-stop flights to over 40 U.S. destinations, the Caribbean, Canada and Europe. The airport houses a U.S. Customs office, 5 air cargo carriers and 25 freight forwarders.

The Tarboro-Edgecombe Airport, located in Tarboro, the county seat of Edgecombe County, is a general aviation facility with a 4,000 foot, paved and lighted runway. Smaller corporate planes doing business in Tarboro frequently use the facility.

SEAPORTS

The Port of Virginia is a hub port; an important distinction for the shipping public. Nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from Virginia, with connections to 200+ countries around the world. In an average week, more than 40 international container, breakbulk and roll-on / roll-off vessels are serviced at our marine terminals.

The port offers 50-foot channels, inbound and outbound, and is the only East Coast port with Congressional authorization to dredge to 55 feet. In an era where container ships are carrying tens of thousands of twenty-foot equivalent units per voyage, deep water and the absence of overhead restrictions is a significant competitive advantage.

North Carolina is a leading player in world commerce. Major export products range from high-end technology, electronics, fiber optics, and pharmaceuticals to furniture, textiles, tobacco, and forestry products. Exports currently account for approximately 16% of sales in the industry, and foreign trade activity is expanding rapidly.

North Carolina Ports offer the closest, most cost-efficient route to one of the fastest growing cargo markets in the United States. The proximity of the deepwater seaports of Wilmington, North Carolina's largest port, and Morehead City, the state's second largest and major deepwater port, is ideal for transporting containerized, bulk, or breakbulk cargo throughout the southeastern United States market. 

The modern, uncongested deep water ports at Morehead City, NC can be reached in two hours by truck, and facilities at Wilmington, NC and the Virginia Ports of Hampton Roads and Norfolk, VA are only a 2.5 hour drive.

 

Distance to Ports
Morehead City, NC - 136 miles (2 hours)
Wilmington, NC - 145 miles (2.5 hours)
Norfolk, VA - 140 miles (2.5 hours)
Hampton Roads, VA - 150 miles (2.5 hours)

RAILROADS

North Carolina is the hub of an East Coast rail network linking the state's industries to suppliers and markets throughout the U.S. More freight is being moved now and in each of the last 14 years than was moved at any time in US history, including WW II. Four thousand miles of track and 20 railroads crisscross the state. Rail passenger and freight service is available in the Carolinas Gateway Partnership region.

North Carolina is the center of CSX's 27,000-mile network serving 23 states, the District of Columbia and Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Sites served by CSX provide direct rail links to NC's ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, and the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast areas. CSX's Class 1 railroad has existing operational tracks along some sites, and is within a few miles of other sites within the area, and is prepared to extend rail consistent with the client's demands. CSX's goal, advanced at each of its business units, is to provide safe, efficient, competitive transportation and related services to its customers, deliver superior value to its shareholders, and make a positive difference in the communities that it serves. Daily switching, piggyback service, special cars, and customized port related freight handling is available. Rocky Mount serves as a major terminal hub for CSX, serving all of Eastern North Carolina.

Amtrak, with a passenger station in Rocky Mount, provides the area with passenger rail service on the new Carolinian. Major north-south route with service to Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, Charleston, Savannah, Orlando and Miami. East-west connections are through Raleigh and Charlotte.

The Carolina Coastal Railway (CLNA), a locally owned and operated feeder line, connects with CSX in Rocky Mount, and runs 15 miles west to Nashville. The Carolina Coastal Railway is expanding services to provide area businesses with the opportunity to benefit from rail without being directly located on the railroad. Recently purchased land in Nashville will be available for transloading goods from truck to rail cars to be shipped around the country. Products handled by CLNA include poultry feed ingredients, steel, and scrap metal. The CLNA operates a 142-mile line from Raleigh to Plymouth, NC, and a 17-mile line between Belhaven and Pinetown, NC, serving agricultural facilities and industries in Eastern North Carolina. Connection are made at Raleigh and Chocowinity to the East Carolina Business Unit of Norfolk-Southern Railway, at Wilson and Greenville to CSX Transportation, and at Belhaven to a barge facility.

Can We Help?

For more information about the Carolinas Gateway region, please contact:

Tracy Crenshaw

800-550-6151

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