One of our greatest assets is our excellent transportation network. Five major highways – I-81, I-80, I-84, I-380, and I-476 – meet here and give you very quick access to the Northeast’s major metro areas. In fact, you can reach New York City, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg in just two hours.
More than 51 million people live within 200 miles of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), and more than 83 million live within 400 miles.
There are no major bridges or tunnels in the region to delay truck traffic. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes.
NEPA is also known as the “Northern I-81 Corridor” and has long been attractive to many major national corporations. Well-known companies such as The Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon.com, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Kimberly Clark, Corning, Men’s Wearhouse, Michaels, American Eagle Outfitters, AutoZone, and Walmart have opened very large distribution centers here. In fact, 13 of the top 20 e-commerce firms have opened major fulfillment centers or warehouses in NEPA.
Of the approximately 74 million square feet of bulk industrial space in NEPA, more than 33 million square feet is occupied as distribution space. About 16 million square feet of bulk industrial space has been built and occupied in NEPA since just 2007.
Dozens of truckload and less than truckload trucking firms serve the region. Some companies active here include ABF Freight, A. Duie Pyle, Bolus Freight Systems, Calex Logistics, Con-Way Freight, Evans Distribution Systems, Estes Express Lines, Kane is Able, Karchner Logistics, M.S. Carriers, NFI Logistics, New Penn Motor Express, Pitt Ohio Express, PRIME, Inc., R.C. Moore, R & L Carriers, RLS Logistics, Ward Trucking, and YRC National.
UPS, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Express have major facilities in NEPA. FedEx Ground and UPS have operations at the main entrances of CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East, near Pittston, PA, while FedEx Express is located in an adjacent business park. In 2016, FedEx Ground constructed a 310,000 square foot distribution center near Pittston in Grimes Industrial Park.
NEPA’s main airport is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), which is located in Avoca Borough, between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. AVP offers approximately 40 daily arrivals and departures to seven major hubs with one-stop service to more than 450 destinations worldwide. AVP provides direct daily flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Carriers include Allegiant, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. AVP is also served by Aviation Technologies, Inc., one of the finest fixed base operators in the Northeastern United States.
Other airports serving the area include:
Martz Trailways is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre and operates six major motor coach companies. Martz has bus stations at several locations in NEPA including Downtown Scranton, Downtown Wilkes-Barre, the Wyoming Valley Mall (suburban Wilkes-Barre), and the Poconos.
NEPA receives freight service from Class One and short line railroads. Numerous business parks are served by rail.
CLASS ONE RAILROADS
- Norfolk Southern Railway provides transportation in 22 states and operates more than 20,000 route miles. In addition, NS provides service to the major Eastern seaports, and various river and lake ports.
- Canadian Pacific Railway provides transportation to numerous major cities on the east coast of the United States and many in Canada. CPR is an independent company that spans across 14,000 miles.
*In November, 2014, Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) and the Delaware & Hudson Railway Co. (D&H), a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) announced a proposed transaction under which NS would acquire 282.55 miles of D&H rail line between Sunbury, PA., and Schenectady, NY, including the segment that serves Northeastern Pennsylvania. The transaction closed in September 2015.
- Luzerne & Susquehanna Railroad, also known as LSX, has grown to maintain 2,200 carloads annually. LSX operates more than 60 miles of track in NEPA.
- Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (is the largest privately owned railroad in the Commonwealth. It operates a 320-mile regional rail system in nine counties in Eastern Pennsylvania.
- PA Northeast Regional Railroad Authority operates a 100+ mile regional rail system with freight service across NEPA.