Global connectivity starts here; Translinke D brings transportation and logistics services together for economic gain.

Author:Trost, Jacquie

The efficient and effective movement of people, goods and information is vital to an area's economic prosperity. Detroit is the heart of the automotive supply chain and is considered the most valuable North American trade entry point in the country. That's why it's essential for our region to have a successful infrastructure system in order to support and grow our important economic base.


In response to the need for promoting the Detroit Region as a leader in transportation and logistics, the Detroit Regional Chamber's Trade and Transportation committee took the step to create a program that would serve as the foundation for advancing the Detroit Region's many strengths. Thus, TranslinkeD was born.

TranslinkeD is meant to bring all to the Detroit Region's transportation and logistics services together to make it cheaper, faster and more capable to move people, goods and information in the Detroit, Windsor & Toledo corridor. TranslinkeD will also connect business attraction initiatives to abundant transportation and logistics resources in the Detroit Region.

The Detroit Region is ripe with transportation and logistics opportunities. Wayne County's Metro Airport is ranked one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world, and it's in the top 10 for busiest airports in North America. Willow Run Airport is the #1 airport in the United States for on-demand cargo shipping. The Detroit area is supported by six major interstates (I-94, I-272, I-96, I-75, I-69 and I-696) and six major border crossings, making Detroit the busiest border crossing in North America.

Trucking accounts for 83 percent of the value of freight coming through Detroit and, according to the Bureau of' Transportation statistics, over 70 percent of the value of truck freight passing through Detroit either originated, or terminated, outside Michigan.

The Detroit Regional Chamber's TranslinkeD initiative will give our region a competitive edge in terms of the logistics and transportation movement. With all of the amazing transportation...

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