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With a location halfway between Mexico City and Montreal, Arkansas offers access to a market of 100 million people within a 550-mile radius of the state – about 40 percent of the total U.S. population. Arkansas’ transportation network is ideally suited to meet the needs of business and provides easy access to U.S. markets around the world. Highlights include 1,000 miles of navigable waterways, 1,683 miles of Class I railroads, and 16,416 miles of state and U.S. highways.


  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico


  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 2,700 miles of track


Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport offers 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 14 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas National Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.

  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state


  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and Fort Smith
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee