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Business is about connections. And nowhere gets you more connected than Hampton Roads.

Hampton Roads is linked to the nation and rest of the world by an advanced and mature multi-layered transportation infrastructure system. Our air services, roads, ports and rails provide vital links to and from the interior of our country and with the world at large.

Air Service

Located well within a 30-minute commute of most business and residential areas in the region, Norfolk International (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) airports provide air service for approximately four million passengers annually. Nine major airlines provide over 250 flights per day to 26 airports, of which 17 are major hubs and international gateways.

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Highways

Hampton Roads is within one day’s drive of 40% of United States consumers, approximately 128 million individuals. Products move to and from the region efficiently through a modern interstate and state highway systems. Additionally, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gives coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves 90 miles to the New York/New Jersey corridor.

Hampton Roads Commute Times compared to other Major Cities
Cities Average Commute Time in Minutes
Hampton Roads 24.85
Atlanta, GA 31.09
Charlotte, NC 27.31
Chicago, IL 34.6
Los Angeles 32.3
New York, NY 39.07
Washington D.C. 35.93
United States Average 25.4

2006-2011 U.S. Census American Community Survey

Distance from Hampton Roads to Major U.S. Cities
City Miles Kilometers
Washington, DC 195 313
Philadelphia, PA 276 444
New York, NY 362 582
Atlanta, GA 595 957
Boston, MA 575 925
Dallas, TX 1,347 2,167
Detroit, MI 709 1,141
Chicago, IL 883 1,421
Miami, FL 958 1,541
Houston, TX 1,382 2,224

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Rail

Hampton Roads is served primarily by rail giants CSX and Norfolk Southern and is home to Fortune 500 Norfolk Southern’s headquarters. Our ports create a perfect entry location for railway cargo distribution throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Efficient connections with other rail systems and motor carriers provide easy and affordable access to the rest of the U.S.

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern operates more than 21,200 miles of track, including 263 short line railroads in 22 states. Operations are focused in the southeast and Midwestern U.S., as well as Ontario, Canada. Of particular importance to many port users is the availability of Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor connecting Hampton Roads with the Chicago area.

CSX

CSX offers a variety of rail, container-shipping, intermodal, trucking, barge, and contract logistics management services. With over 22,000 miles of track, CSX operates 240 short line railroads in 23 states, including the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. With operations along their I-95 Corridor, CSX ensures that the Hampton Roads area remains well connected.

Train Delivery Times from Hampton Roads
Destination Hours
Atlanta, GA 45
Chicago, IL 47
Cincinnati, OH 43
Columbus, OH 39
Dallas, TX 93
Detroit, MI 67
Front Royal, VA 23
Greenboro, N.C 50
Kansas City, MO 88
Los Angeles, CA 137
Louisville, KY 67
Memphis, TN 70
St. Louis, MO 87

2015 Hampton Roads Statistical Digest 

Amtrak

Amtrak is an intercity passenger rail system which provides an alternative option to driving to and from Hampton Roads. Currently departing from Newport News, Williamsburg and Norfolk, Amtrak connects 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. Features include:

  • Reserved Coach Seating featuring wide, comfortable reclining seats with ample legroom and an at-seat 120 volt electrical outlet.
  • Reserved Business Class seating with spacious seating, a fold down table, and an at-seat power outlet.
  • First Class seating with complimentary food and beverage services, adjustable headrests, extra-large tray tables, and an individual at-seat AC power outlet.

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The Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia is located in Foreign Trade Zone #20 and has an area of 1,864 acres on the East Coast of Virginia. With its unobstructed, ice-free harbor, 50-feet-deep channels, and a location 18 miles from the open ocean, the Port proves to be the most highly accommodating natural deep water harbor on the East Coast. These characteristics enable the Port of Virginia to host nearly 30 international shipping lines, offering connections to more than 200+ countries around the world.

With its four marine terminals, the Port of Virginia is the third-largest volume port on the East Coast in terms of general cargo (breakbulk and containerized cargo). In 2015, The Port of Virginia handled 2,510,099 TEUs; this is up 8.9% from 2014.The Port is home to the largest and fastest container cranes in the world. With a 26 container outreach, the cranes can handle any ship in existence today in addition to those on the drawing board for the future.

The Port of Virginia includes:

  • Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT)
  • Virginia International Gateway (VIG)
  • Norfolk International Terminals (NIT)
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT)

Equipped to handle the largest cargo ships on the planet, the U.S.A.’s first privately developed container terminal, VIG, was completed in Hampton Roads in 2007. Its ability to handle over two million 20-foot equivalent units makes it the most technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive container terminal in both North and South America. VIG is operated by Virginia International Terminals.

This 575-acre, $450 million dollar facility currently features:

  • 3205 ft. berth
  • 50 ft. depth
  • 1 million TEU capacity
  • 8 cranes
  • 30 RMGs
  • 6 on-dock rail tracks equaling 30 miles of on dock rail

Craney Island Expansion

  • Phase I to include 300 acres, 2 berths, 6 cranes
  • Phase II to include 600 acre facility, 8 berths, 15 Suez class cranes

Upon completion of Craney Island, the new terminal will have the capacity of approximately 2.5 million TEUs and an on-terminal intermodal rail loading facility.

  • 4,000 ft. berth
  • 2.16 million TEU capacity
  • 10 cranes
  • 60 RMGs
  • 12 on-dock rail tracks

Additional information on the Port of Virginia can be found at www.portofvirginia.com or by viewing the Commercial Marine Facilities Guide provided by the Virginia Maritime Association.

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