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Easy Access to Major Markets

If your company needs overnight access to the markets of the Northeast and Southeast, a base of operations in Chesterfield County would be difficult to rival.

Chesterfield is exactly halfway between Boston and Atlanta, within a one-day haul of 45% of the U.S. population. This makes it easy to rush shipments to their destination without missing deadlines and creates an undeniable advantage, whether your company is the sender or the recipient.

Not satisfied simply with a prime location, Chesterfield’s planners set out to make its road system a model of efficiency and convenience. The result is an interstate and beltway system that can handle today’s traffic flow without the gridlock experienced in other metro areas. Chesterfield’s superior road system makes commuting easier, with an average commute of less than 30 minutes.

Within the county’s boundaries, the beltway system includes Route 288 and Route 895. Interstate highways, I-95, I-295, I-85, and I-64 are all easily accessible from the county’s main business corridors.

Rail services, including CSX and Amtrak, are also readily accessible no matter where you live or work in the county. Also easily accessible are the Richmond Executive Airport and the Richmond International Airport.

Shipping cargo overseas is no problem for companies in Chesterfield. In addition to deep-water industrial sites and the Port of Richmond, the Port of Virginia is within easy reach by rail or truck.

Highway System

The Chesterfield area is a crossroads for major interstate and U.S. highways. The area has superb highway connections and is ideally located in the heart of the East Coast economic corridor, midway between Maine and Florida. Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital and home to embassies, consulates, and international organizations, is only 100 miles away by highway.

  • Interstates 64, 95, 85, and 295 serve the metropolitan area.
  • The average commuting time is 25.5 minutes.
  • More than 100 motor freight companies and brokers serve the area, including specialists in heavy hauling, over-dimensional loads, and liquid or dry bulk.
  • There are more than 40 courier service companies — scheduled and rush, local, intrastate, and interstate.
  • United Parcel Service’s 350,000-square foot regional hub facility operates 24 hours a day and has later pick-up times in Chesterfield than in other parts of the state.
  • UPS offers permanent, on-site truck services to companies whose distribution needs require it.
  • Federal Express has a ramp operation at Richmond International Airport plus three station-sort buildings, a cross-dock facility, a district office and three customer service centers in the area.

Richmond Executive Airport

Richmond Executive Airport (FCI) is designated by the FAA as an official general aviation reliever airport for Richmond International Airport (RIC) and boasts amenities commensurate with that status. Richmond Executive Airport has a 5,500-foot runway, one precision and three non-instrument approaches that includes a Instrument Landing System (ILS) and associated lighting that insures all weather operations.

Richmond Executive Airport delivers comprehensive services without the congestion, expense or delays common at large commercial service airports. The airport can accommodate aircraft from large corporate jets to single engine general aviation planes. Dominion Aviation is the full service FBO at the airport.

Richmond Executive Airport is adjacent to the Chesterfield Industrial Park and is the headquarters for the Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the State Police Department of Aviation.

Richmond International Airport

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is  just a 15 to 30 minute drive from most areas in Chesterfield County. More than 3 million passengers and more than 90 million pounds of cargo are handled at RIC annually. Seven air carriers serve RIC, each offering non-stop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe.

Passenger service is provided by:

  • Allegiant: Orlando-Sanford, Tampa Bay, Nashville
  • American Airlines: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, New York, Philadelphia
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York
  • JetBlue Airways: Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando
  • Southwest Airlines: Atlanta
  • Spirit Airlines: Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando
  • United Airlines: Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, Washington/Dulles

Rail Service

  • CSX and Norfolk Southern, two of the nation’s largest railroads, provide rail freight service.
  • Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor project cleared the way for double-stack freight trains to travel directly from Norfolk to Chicago via Columbus, Ohio.
  • CSX offers international container service linking the Port of Virginia to the railroad’s intermodal ramp in Northwest Ohio via the National Gateway.
  • AMTRAK provides passenger rail service through two local stations with 11 northbound and 12 southbound trains each weekday.
  • The Richmond area is in AMTRAK’s Northeast Corridor Direct service area for rapid rail and upgraded passenger services.

Port Services

The Port of Richmond is central Virginia’s domestic and international multi-modal freight and distribution center on the James River, serving waterborne, rail, and truck shippers throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

Port of Richmond advantages include:

  • Excellent distribution and transshipment location with strong local export/import support
  • Dynamic transportation gateway adjacent to I-95 with easy access to I-64 and I-85, air and major rail services
  • Operated by PCI, an experienced stevedore company using well-trained, safety-oriented warehouse labor
  • Three times weekly Container-on-Barge service from Hampton Roads to Richmond, via the 64 Express
  • Foreign Trade Zone #207 at Richmond International Airport saves businesses money and time on goods sourced abroad

The Richmond region’s shippers also are within 100 miles of the Port of Virginia at Hampton Roads. It is the third largest container port on the U.S. East Coast and is a hub for the world’s leading international shipping companies. With global service from more than 75 international shipping lines and 3,000 sailings annually to 100 countries, the Port offers multiple direct sailings to and from Asia, Europe, South America, and the Indian Subcontinent on a weekly basis. Port of Virginia is the only port on the East Coast deep enough to handle Post-Panamax vessels.

Public Transportation

Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) provides bus transportation on express and regular routes and van service for special populations. Park and ride lots are available. Ridefinders provides information and support services for car pools, van-pools, teleworking, and other transit options.