Kentucky is situated in the east of geographical heart of the United States, which is termed as including states sharing a west or east border with the Mississippi River. Due to its comprehensive highway, air, water and railways transportation systems, the Bluegrass State is in a powerful position to challenge the global marketplace. With its borders having 600 miles of almost 60% of the nation’s population, personal income, and manufacturing trade market, Kentucky's intermodal freight and passenger transportation systems stretched to offer safe, secure, efficient and cost-effective access to all areas of the globe.
In 2007, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched the Kentucky Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). STIP begin with the 1991 Intermodal Service Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), which is a 20 year strategic plan to enhance the overall transportation system of the Commonwealth. With STIP, Kentucky resolute to undertake a planning module that includes all types of transportation, integrates metropolitan and statewide planning initiatives and facilitates management devices, extensive planning, and creative financial techniques to the maximum stretch possible. The program was tailored as it is in the national interest to encourage and advocate the growth of transportation systems accommodating various modes of transportation in a way that will work for all areas of the state effectively and efficiently. STIP has planned a three-year system that will continue till the end of 2010.
Accessibility to modern airport services, and secure, efficient air transportation for business class, are well satisfied by Kentucky's statewide system of commercial and general aviation airports. International flights take off from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Flights with international connections take off from the Louisville International Airport at Stand ford Field in Louisville/Jefferson County, and from the Lexington, Kentucky.
|Blue Grass Airport Summary|
|Blue Grass Airport Airport Type||Public|
|Blue Grass Airport Operator||Lexington-Fayette County Airport Board|
|Blue Grass Airport Serves||Lexington, Kentucky|
|Blue Grass Airport Location||Fayette County|
|Blue Grass Airport Elevation AMSL||979 ft / 298 m|
|Blue Grass Airport Coordinates||38°02′11″N 084°36′21″W|
|Blue Grass Airport Website||www.bluegrassairport.com|
|Blue Grass Airport Runways|
|Blue Grass Airport Statistics (2009)|
Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington/Fayette County, offers the facility of six prominent names functioning twelve airlines with 43 daily departures and 43 daily arrivals. Blue Grass Airport also offers services for general aviation and private/corporate aviation clients from across the world. It basks in the glory of being the first airport in the nation to implement 100% cargo screening by facilitating an inline baggage screening system. Over 1,900 parking areas serve passengers with lots known for over-night and long-term parking. The airport has a US Customs office on-site and offers maintenance of aircraft and repair services. Air cargo and charter services are also at the disposal of the public.
Kentucky’s highways have been awarded with “The Reason Foundation” and considered as 9th highest performance rating in the nation in its 17th Annual Performance of State Highway Systems report.
Kentucky sustains a continuing six year highway construction and development plan that ensures prominent structured growth and regular maintenance. The pillar of the Commonwealth's 79,000 miles of state, federal, and regional roads is five prominent interstate highways (I-75, I-71, I-65, I-64, and I-24), which offer direct paths to the Great Lakes and Canada, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Gulf States and Florida and St. Louis and points west. Nine major parkways/highways offer approach to the interstate system, while state maintenance satisfied almost 40% of the total highway network.
Most of the nation's prominent trucking companies have terminals in Kentucky. There are almost 500 trucking terminals in the entire state. Almost 52 cities are served by at least one terminal area. In addition, the growing development of intermodal truck-rail and truck-barge functionalities and state-of-the-art cargo tracking systems by the motor carrier sector, make Kentucky a challenging, cost-effective contributor in today's global economy.
Rail transportation in Kentucky is comprehensively intermodal, offering efficient, convenient links with trailer-on-flatcar (TOFC) and container-on-flatcar COFC) functionalities, and providing direct service to Kentucky's comprehensive system of private and public inland waterway ports.
Kentucky's rail system, and its latest and modern intermodal functionalities and freight tracking systems, offers timely and cost-effective service for general cargo, bulk, and containerized freight. From the Bluegrass State, this network stretched to America's domestic markets and coastal ports and to international customers overseas.
Kentucky is the center of a waterways system and ports that offers trans-nationally competitive, cheap year-round freight commutation for bulk materials and containerized freight. At the centre of the nation's inland waterways, Kentucky's ports and terminals offer direct entree to the agricultural sector of the North Central and Midwestern states, to the consumer and industrial sectors of the Northeast and to Mobile, New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico for disbursement to the South.