Transportation and logistics in our region.

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The Deiroit/Toledo/Windsor region has a unique advantage in that it's an international trade corridor boasting trade cooperation on both sides of the Detroit River. In 2009, Michigan ranked as the 9th largest exporting state in the U.S.

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The Deiroit region's transportation, distribution and logistics industry is supported by seven international border crossings and ranks as me busiest northern border crossing in North America. Within the region there are two bridges, two rail tunnels, two truck ferries and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. In addition, the region is supported by nine airports and air fields, three marine ports, eight rail yards. The region's 11 interstates reach from Canada to Mexico via Detroit. The Detroit, Toldeo and Windsor ports are among the largest along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Detroit port sits 988 miles From Halifax and 618 miles from Montreal, making our region ideal for entering into the United States and moving goods throughout the Midwest.

New and expanding companies need a well connected and efficient transportation system. The Detroit region serves as the busiest northern border crossing into Canada and sits along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The region is centrally located in one of the largest economic and trade corridors, moving more than $197 billion in 2008 through its borders. The region is home to a world class transportation, logistics & distribution center. Regional Detroit businesses exported more than $49 million in good in 2007.

Sources: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

Transportation Projects

TranslinkeD, the Detroit Regional Chamber's vision to leverage the Detroit region's assets into a global logistics hub for moving people, goods and ideas around the world, is working to ensure that the Detroit region's transportation infrastructure continues to meet the anticipated growth in international trade and freight movements for the region. Here are some of the improvements that they are working to see to completion:

AIR

* Aerotropolis project and infrastructure upgrades at Wayne County's Metropolitan Airport, the 11th busiest North American airport.

BORDERS

* Blue Water Bridge plaza construction to increase capacity and retain its prominence as one of North America's busiest border crossings.

* Ambassador Bridge enhancement project to facilitate increased traffic in the future and maintain its busiest...

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