The Detroit Region connects your business with the world

With a centralized location and strong infrastructure, the Detroit Region supports a robust transportation system that offers unparalleled access to both local and global markets. The region is only a 10-hour drive from half the U.S. and Canadian population, reaching over 180 million people in close proximity. And each year, the Detroit Region’s logistics and distribution network exports more than $47 billion in goods.

The Detroit Region also has six public transit agencies, including bus services, five bike share programs, one light rail, and one streetcar system. Just one of these transit agencies—the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)—connects approximately 2 million nearby residents to more than 67,000 businesses and 850,000 jobs. From bus to rail, our local infrastructure ensures that you can move wherever your business takes you.

Small Detroit automotive railyard near factory

The Detroit Region has the rail and road infrastructure to haul your freight across the country. Seven major interstates and all four of Michigan’s Class I railroads intersect in the region, creating a robust and interconnected logistics network for your business.

Airport

Silhouettes of travelers by a fountain looking at an airplane parked at a gate at Detroit Metro Airport.
Detroit Airport Interior With Monorail And Gate 60 Sign
Airport tunnel that glows in Detroit Metro International Airport.

The Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a thriving international gateway

The Detroit Region is home to 15 airports that carry passengers and freight around the world. The Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is one of the United States’ major international airports and the largest airport in the region. The Detroit Metro Airport is also Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub, serving as a major gateway to Asia from the U.S. east coast.

  • Over 50 million passengers fly into the region on nearly 610,000 flights each year.
  • The Detroit Metro Airport offers 1,100 daily flights and 140 non-stop routes to 4 continents.
  • In 2019, J.D. Power ranked the Detroit Metro Airport as No. 1 for Customer Satisfaction among all mega airports in the U.S.
  • Other notable airports include the Flint Bishop International Airport, Willow Run Airport, Oakland County International Airport, and St. Clair County International Airport.

International Border Crossings

The Ambassador Bridge links Detroit, Michigan, USA with Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  It is one of the busiest trade routes in North America.  This photo depicts the bridge, as seen from Windsor.   The national flags of the USA and of Canada are notable in the foreground.
The twin spans of the Blue Water Bridges connect the cities of Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.  They are the second busiest crossing between the US and Canada.
American consular officer giving passport to female immigrant, refugee visa

The Detroit Region sits on the busiest northern border crossing in North America

The region is directly connected to Canada by two bridges, two rail tunnels, two truck ferries, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel—the only vehicular subaqueous international border crossing in the world. Each year, $44 billion in exports cross from the Detroit Region to Ontario, Canada, across the busiest northern border in the United States.

  • The Detroit-Windsor border is the richest in the world with more than $600 million in trade crossing each day.
  • Port Huron is home to the No. 2 border crossing for rail traffic in the U.S., as measured by value and volume of goods.
  • Canada and the State of Michigan have partnered to construct a new international bridge to be completed in 2024.
  • The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will be a $5.7 billion investment to further increase cross-border trade with Canada.

Interstates

The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River between Windsor Ontario Canada and Detroit Michigan, USA.
Big Rigs frequent the highways in and around Detroit Michigan in a horizontal composition
International Blue Water Bridge Crossing Between Port Huron, Mic

Our crossroads connect the Detroit metro to the entire nation

The Detroit Region’s centralized location places your business at the epicenter of the United States. Within just a five-hour drive, the region gives you convenient access to over 47 million consumers, partners, and skilled workers in the U.S. and Canadian markets. This connectivity is made possible by the seven major interstates that intersect in the region and reach across the United States.

  • Over 2,000 miles of interstates and highways span the Detroit Region.
  • The region’s interstate network reaches completely across the country—from east coast to west coast and from Mexico to Canada.
  • Major interstates serving the region include: I-75, I-94, I-96, I-69, I-696, I-275, and I-475.
  • The State of Michigan allows trucks with a gross vehicle weight up to 164,000 pounds.

Rail

Michigan Central Railway Station in Detroit, USA
People using trains and departure and arrival images
The Detroit skyline as seen from across the Detroit River, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The Detroit Region transports freight from coast to coast

The region has the necessary transportation infrastructure to easily haul your freight across the country. Michigan is home to 26 railroads, including four Class I railroads. Those four rail lines all intersect in the Detroit Region, connecting with the region’s seven cargo ports and seven major interstates to create a reliable logistics network for your business.

  • The Detroit Region is served by four of the nation’s seven Class I railroads, which is unique to only a third of the United States.
  • There are four intermodal terminals in close proximity to Detroit, providing rail-to-truck connectivity.
  • Michigan’s rail system carries about 21% of the state’s freight tonnage and 23% of its commodities by value.
  • There are more than 3,600 miles of railroad track in Michigan, including about 2,400 miles in the Detroit Region.