Railroads and Intermodal

North Central Illinois offers the transportation advantages that your company needs to serve a growing regional, national, NAFTA, and global marketplace. Directly served by Interstate 80 and Interstate 39, plus the navigable Illinois River, North Central Illinois is part of a primary North American transportation and logistics center. This region, including Metro Chicago, is not only the nation's railroad hub and home to the world’s busiest airport, but we are also the third largest volume intermodal port region in the world! North Central Illinois puts your business in the middle of the finest transportation system in the world. 


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Nearest Piggyback Service Joliet 60 miles
Nearest Intermodal Service CenterPoint BNSF and UP Intermodal - Joliet
Union Pacific Intermodal - Rochelle
60 miles
48 miles
Freight Lines CSX
Norfolk Southern
Union Pacific
IAIS - Iowa Interstate
Daily Interstate Passenger Rail Service AMTRAK - Princeton and Mendota  On Site

Rail Frieght Flows, All commodities Map

Rail Intermodal Information Intermodal connectors in Chicago are essential links in ensuring the efficient movement between intermodal terminals and between terminals and customer, suppliers and factories. These essential movements must take place in a highly developed and congested urban setting, where roadways are also used for local goods movement and passenger transportation. The eastern and western railroads meet in Chicago, making it the leading railroad transportation hub in the country:

Containing 27 major rail yards Performing 5.5 million annual lifts Consisting of 10.3 million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs) Generating 14,200 daily truck moves related to distribution and redistribution of trailers and containers.
IAIS/CSX    BNSF    CSX    Norfolk Southern    CenterPoint Intermodal    Omnitrax    Union Pacific    Amtrak    METRA

Amtrak/Union Depot
783 Main Street Mendota, IL
107 Bicentennial Drive Princeton, IL
Daily Amtrak service is available at Mendota & Princeton


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