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Gaston County Transportation

One of Gaston County’s advantages over others in the region is our access to all types of transportation. In addition to numerous land and air connections, Gaston County provides a direct rail link to North Carolina’s seaports with the state’s rail-based Intermodal Terminal Network. What does this mean for you? More cost efficient transport of people and goods for your business.

Major Highways

North Carolina has the largest state maintained highway system in the nation, totaling over 78,000 miles. Locating in Gaston County gives your business the opportunity to provide same-day highway access to all Eastern US markets. Three of North Carolina’s five interstate highways 40, 85 and 77 run through, or are easily accessible from, Gaston County. Gaston County also has three major US highways and eight major state highways.

First Class Air Transportation

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just minutes east of Gaston County – closer to Gaston businesses than many Charlotte locations. Charlotte’s airport is served by ten major and seven commuter airlines, with over 725 scheduled commercial departures daily. Many companies choose a Gaston location partly because of the close proximity to air access. Gastonia Municipal Airport also provides general aviation service and is considered one of the most active, general aviation facilities in North Carolina.

North Carolina Ports

North Carolina’s Intermodal Terminal Network provides better, less expensive, and more convenient inland transportation services for cargo shipment to and from the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, NC. The network consolidates import and export cargo to these ports from its two inland terminals, Charlotte and Greensboro, resulting in substantial cost savings.

Foreign Trade Zone Saves Customs Duty

Charlotte’s Foreign Trade Zone is a site where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered by the US government as being outside the US Customs territory in international commerce. By utilizing the FTZ program, companies are able to defer, reduce or eliminate Customs duties on products admitted to the zone.

Local Railway Revitalization

The Piedmont & Northern Railway (PNRW) operates over 13 miles of track running from Gastonia to Mount Holly, with a spur line towards Belmont. The PNRW interchanges with Class I carriers CSX Transportation at Mount Holly and Norfolk Southern Railway at Gastonia.

Patriot Rail Corporation, a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company announced in 2010 it will be responsible for operating, maintaining and marketing freight rail service on the PNRW.