Twenty-five percent of the nation’s population is within 600 miles of the Milwaukee Region, which offers easy access to all major forms of transportation – highway, air, water and rail. Two interstates – I-94 and I-43 – intersect the region, and a third interstate – I-90 – passes nearby. The commute time in the metro area averages 22.1 minutes, which is the second shortest for U.S. urban areas.
The primary airport serving the Milwaukee Region is General Mitchell International Airport, which is located less than 15 minutes south of Milwaukee's downtown. Mitchell's eight commercial airlines serve eight million passengers a year, offering 135 daily departures and nonstop or direct service to more than 35 locations nationwide. Mitchell was also ranked in the top 10 small airports — those with fewer than 10 million passengers annually — in the J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction study. Major carriers include AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
In all, the region includes eight general aviation airports that provide service to corporate and personal aircraft. Chicago's O’Hare International Airport, the fourth busiest in the world, is also just a 75-minute drive to the south.
The Port of Milwaukee handles more than three million tons of cargo per year, serving both domestic and international locations through the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico, via the inland waterway system. Its 16 berths can accommodate vessels up to 1,000 feet long.
The Milwaukee Region is served by both freight and passenger service. Freight service is provided through the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company.
Passenger service is provided through Amtrak, the federal passenger line that offers seven daily round-trip trains to Chicago as well as service to the Twin Cities and beyond; and Metra, a commuter line that connects the Milwaukee Region with Chicago and its suburbs.