Market Access

Mobile on the Move
means having access to world markets. Mobile is well-positioned at the head of the Mobile Bay, a mere 32-miles from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing it to serve not only southeastern U.S. markets and the many resident global leaders, but also emerging markets in Central & South America and Asia.

  • Mobile Metro Area is the largest metropolitan area along the Gulf of Mexico between New Orleans and Tampa.
  • Five Class I railroads converge at the Port of Mobile with a local provider service to Mexico.
  • Centrally located to reach Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando within a day’s drive via Interstates 10 and 65 with connections.
  • More than 10,000 acres of industrial property in Mobile County are served by rail, many offering easy interstate access, and proximity to air service and port shipping. All rail lines deliver piggyback and containerized service, with some reciprocal switching agreements being offered.

Infrastructure Investment

Mobile has been on the move for decades developing its transportation infrastructure to better serve business and community including recent projects:

  • Mobile Container Terminal, a 135-acre intermodal terminal, opened at the Port of Mobile in September 2008. It is the Gulf Coast’s most modern container handling facility with a 45-foot-draft dock, warehousing and storage facilities, and two post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes.
  • New turning basin at Port of Mobile to serve post-Panamax size ships.
  • Terminal and other facilities, runway, roads and service amenity expansions at the Mobile Regional Airport, including the addition of an 8,500-parallel runway.
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Mobile provides companies with highway transportation access to major markets across the United States. Two major interstate highways converge in Mobile, with I-10 extending east to Jacksonville, Fla. and west to Los Angeles, Calif., while I-65 extends from Mobile north to Chicago, Ill. Major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando, are all within 600 miles (or 10 hours) of Mobile.

There are 65 motor freight carriers certified to transport interstate shipments to and/or from the Mobile area. The majority of the carriers have a Mobile area terminal, with many carriers offering container services.     Highway Map

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The Mobile area is served by six railroads, five of them Class-I railroads converging at the Port of Mobile complete with intermodal service for companies importing and/or exporting.

  • Burlington Northern, Norfolk Southern and short line Alabama and Gulf Railroad serve major industrial sites along the Mobile River in the northeastern part of the county, and then extend south to the Alabama State Port Authority.
  • CSX serves the Theodore Industrial Park in southwest Mobile County, also providing service to the Brookley Industrial Complex.
  • Canadian National Railroad serves the western areas of Mobile and Prichard as the tracks head east toward downtown Mobile.
  • Central Gulf Railroad, a rail ship service to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, providing shippers unparalleled service to southern Mexico and Mexico City.
  • Kansas City Southern is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside Mexico's boundaries.     Railway Map
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Mobile Regional Airport provides commercial service in the Mobile area as well as charter service. Airlines serving the airport include Delta, U.S. Airways, American Eagle ASA and United. Mobile Regional is expanding its air terminal ramp and is planning to construct an 8,500-foot parallel runway.

Connecting flights from Mobile Regional Airport consist of Atlanta (7 per day), Houston (7), Dallas/Ft. Worth (4) and Charlotte (3).

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The Port of Mobile offers public, deepwater terminals with direct access to five Class 1 railroads (BNSF/Alabama & Gulf Railroad, Canadian National, CSXT, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern), two interstate systems (I-10 and I-65), a weekly rail ferry service to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and some 1,500 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways serving the Great Lakes, Ohio and Tennessee valleys and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operates public terminals at the Port of Mobile. These terminals handle containerized, breakbulk, coal, grain, Ro/Ro, cement and oversized/heavy lift cargoes. With nearly 6-million square feet of covered and open storage space, this full service seaport is currently ranked among the largest in the nation in total trade. The Port of Mobile is also represented by private bulk terminal operators as well as a number of highly specialized shipbuilding and repair companies with two of the largest floating dry docks on the Gulf Coast.

Over the past decade, the Alabama State Port Authority has invested more than $700 million toward a capital expansion program establishing new facilities at the Port of Mobile, including a new container terminal, a new steel terminal, expansion at McDuffie coal terminal, a new rail ferry terminal, new warehouses and a new turning basin.      Waterway Map

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