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Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have an excellent transportation infrastructure that allows people and freight to move whether by train, plane or automobile. With great highways, a growing airport and rail service, the Piedmont Triad offers everyone a chance to travel efficiently.
The Piedmont Triad’s proximity to major U.S. markets provides the region’s businesses with a considerable strategic advantage. Supporting this is a system of highways connecting the Piedmont Triad and North Carolina to the rest of the nation that is second to none. Congestion is minimal compared to other urban areas in the Southeastern United States.
Equidistant from Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, the Piedmont Triad region offers direct access to Interstates I-40, I-77, I-73/74 and I-85. In addition, I-95 is located just over two hours east of the Triad, and I-81 is two hours to the north. The Piedmont Triad is also served by a first-rate highway system that includes U.S. highways 52, 158, 311 and 421, and North Carolina primary highways 8, 67, 109, 150, 65 and 66.
Motor Freight and Rail Service
Forsyth County and the Piedmont Triad have access to excellent motor freight and rail service. Essentially all major destinations in the Eastern U.S. can be reached from Forsyth County in 1 to 2 days by truck and 2 to 3 days by rail.
FedEx Ground has opened a new regional hub in Kernersville. The 400,000-square-foot hub is a unique compliment to the FedEx Mid-Atlantic air hub at nearby Piedmont Triad International Airport.
The county is served by three railroads, Norfolk Southern, Winston-Salem Southbound (which connects with CSX south of Charlotte, NC) and Yadkin Valley Railroad. Piggyback service is also available at an intermodal facility by Piedmont Triad International Airport, 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem on I-40. A bulk freight transfer station is located in Winston-Salem allowing companies to receive product via rail and have it trucked to their plant site.
Smith Reynolds (INT), located about 10 minutes north of downtown Winston-Salem, is primarily a corporate aircraft base. Full complements of general aviation services are provided through a fixed-based operator. Hangar space is available for lease (formerly occupied by Pace Airlines).
Piedmont Triad International is located about 25 minutes east of Winston-Salem, just off Interstate 40. For updated information on commercial and other service please visit www.flyfrompti.com. PTI is home to the FedEx Mid-Atlantic Hub, opened in June 2009. Construction of a third parallel runway is near completion to serve FedEx and also future airport growth. PTI is also the headquarters for HondaJet.
A permanent office of the North Carolina World Trade Center opened near Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) in fall 1995. Also helping facilitate international commerce is a ten-acre intermodal facility in operation adjacent to PTIA. This facility enhances the Piedmont Triad’s access to North Carolina’s deepwater ports. North Carolina has two deepwater port facilities: Wilmington and Morehead City.
Wilmington is 210 miles southeast, and Morehead City is 255 miles east. The Piedmont Triad and the port at Wilmington are directly linked via I-40. Wilmington is North Carolina’s container port, handling a variety of containerized and break-bulk commodities. The principal export is wood pulp. This port has 7,000 feet of continuous berthing space, five container and four gantry cranes. Morehead City handles break-bulk cargo. Major exports include phosphate and wood chips. Morehead has 5,250 feet of lineal berthing space.