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Infrastructure

Greater Grand Rapids has the transportation and technology infrastructure to move your products and people to their destinations quickly and efficiently.

For a more a more detailed report on West Michigan's Infrastructure, please visit our Data Center.

Transportation at a Glance

Highways

An extensive system connects Greater Grand Rapids to major cities and transportation hubs throughout the Upper Midwest. Drive distances/times include:

  • Drive-Time-West-Michigan.png#asset:361Detroit, MI: 157 Miles / 2:22
  • Chicago, IL: 179 Miles / 2:47
  • Cleveland, OH: 307 Miles / 4:33
  • Columbus, OH: 31 Miles / 5:00
  • Dayton, OH: 310 Miles / 4:52
  • Indianapolis, IN: 294 Miles / 4:27
  • Milwaukee, WI: 270 Miles / 4:17
  • St. Louis, MO: 447 Miles / 6:46
  • Toledo, OH: 185 Miles / 2:44
  • Toronto, Canada: 361 Miles/ 5:38

Air

West Michigan is home to The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). Here are some quick facts about the airport:

  • Served by 5 passenger airlines: Delta, Southwest, American Airlines/American Eagle, United, and Allegiant
  • 120 daily scheduled nonstop flights
  • 7,700+ passengers pass through each day
  • 24 major market destinations
  • 2nd busiest commercial airport in Michigan
  • 241,600 lbs of air cargo pass through each day
  • $3.1 billion in economic output for the West Michigan region is generated by GFIA.


Rail

As the country’s 12th largest rail system with nearly 3,600 miles of track, Michigan is well served by regional hubs in Grand Rapids and Detroit and supported by an infrastructure detailed in our State Rail Plan. A federally designated high speed rail corridor, served by Amtrak, connects Grand Rapids to Chicago. Michigan's current Class I railroads include:

  • CSX Transportation
  • Grand Elk Railroad
  • Grand Rapids Eastern
  • Marquette Rail
  • Michigan Shore Railroad
  • Mid-Michigan Railroad