The region is well-connected to major markets.
Class 1 Railroads
Double stack rail service is offered by two Class 1 rail companies: Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX. Currently, both companies operate approximately 40,500 miles of track in 23 states in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as two Canadian provinces.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states (Source: Norfolk Southern) and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Of particular importance to our region is the Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor which offers efficient routing between the Port of Virginia and the Midwest. The Heartland Corridor is mostly defined by U.S. 460, which is a highway running east-to-west from Norfolk, Virginia to Frankfort, Kentucky, and is considered a spur of U.S. 60. The Corridor is one of the important freight corridors in the eastern United States, providing access between The Port of Virginia and the Midwest. See map.
The CSX transportation network encompasses about 20,000 route miles of track in 23 states (Source: CSX), the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. CSX is a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America. CSX also has major rail yards, transfer-terminal service bulk transfer terminals, and intermodal terminals in the Virginia Beach area that also provide access to Chicago and other markets.
Short Line Railroads
The Buckingham Branch has eight interchanges with Class 1 railroads, four each with CSX and Norfolk Southern. Points of origin and destination on the Norfolk Division of Buckingham Branch include Norfolk, Coleman Place, Airport Industrial Park (Virginia Beach), Camden Heights, and Little Creek.
Virginia Beach is linked to the national markets by one of the country’s most modern interstate and highway systems. The region is served by the following highways:
- Interstate Highway 64, the major east/west route, connects the East Coast to the Mississippi River Corridor.
- One hour from Interstate Highway 85 and 95, major north/south interstate highway corridors, serving the East Coast.
- Three hours from Interstate Highway 81, another major north/south interstate highway corridor.
- Interstate 87 (proposed) - Once built the future 213-mile Interstate 87 from to the deepest port on the eastern seaboard, The Port of Virginia, to Raleigh, NC and Research Triangle Park will provide quicker access to major southern cities, as well as open the distribution channels in the mid-Atlantic.
The City is connected to Virginia's Eastern Shore region via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which is 23 miles long and it is the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world. The bridge cuts the driving distance to the northeast corridor by 90 miles.
Current Transportation Services
- Local public transportation services are provided by Hampton Roads Transit.
- HR Traffic allows businesses to arrange shuttle service from bus stops and transfer stations to facilities.
- AMTRAK service is a convenient and affordable downtown-to-downtown service up and down the Northeast Corridor. View service map
- TRAFFIX is a cooperative public service, which promotes transportation alternatives.
- Greyhound Bus Line has several routes through the area.