|More than 95,500 miles of highway and 1,104 miles of interstate|
|1,062 miles of navigable waterways|
|3,019 miles of main and shortline railroads|
|6 commercial airports and 74 general aviation airports|
Tennessee businesses enjoy access to fast and efficient railroad service. Six Class 1 railroads (out of seven in the U.S.) operate in Tennessee, creating 2,177 miles of rail. Railroads include BNSF, Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. Eighteen shortline railroads provide an additional 842 miles of rail.
Memphis is the third largest rail center in the U.S., trailing only Chicago and St. Louis. Memphis is also one of only four U.S. cities served by five or more of the seven long-haul Class 1 rail systems.
Our network of eight interstate highways puts most major U.S. markets within a day’s drive or less. Tennessee ranks #1 in the southeast for truck transportation employment and employment in the couriers and messengers sector.
Distance in driving miles from Tennessee cities to selected major markets:
|New York City||1096||886||818||707||1015||631|
Tennessee is home to 80 airports, including the second busiest cargo airport in the world (Memphis International). Besides our six commercial airports, Tennessee businesses are served by 74 general aviation airports and 142 heliports.
In Tennessee, you’ll have access to more than 1,000 miles of navigable waterways, plus 950 miles of inland waterways.
Tennessee has 165 miles of Mississippi River-front property. Of the nation’s inland and navigable waterways, an estimated 75% are within the Mississippi River system, making it the busiest water transportation artery in the country.
Memphis is the second-busiest port on the Mississippi River and the fourth-busiest inland port in the U.S. The International Port of Memphis is the largest stillwater harbor on the Mississippi River and is ice free year-round.
The ports of Chattanooga and Nashville are the 13th and 14th largest inland ports, respectively. They are also ice free year-round.
The port of Cates Landing is located on the Mississippi River. It is accessible to barge traffic year-round with up to 14,000 linear feet of slack water and is a Foreign Trade Zone.
Tennessee is part of the four-state region of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, which provides the state access of the Gulf of Mexico harbors and international markets. The waterway links to 4,500 miles of navigable waterways serving 23 states throughout the South and Midwest.
Tennessee ranks second in competitive utility rates in 2014, according to Area Development.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the nation’s largest public power provider, TVA delivers reliable and competitively priced electric power that gives businesses and families more opportunity to prosper.
- TVA’s robust network in Tennessee, which includes 9,444 miles of transmission line and 263 substations and switchyards, is more than sufficient to supply its 42,000 square-mile service region in the state.
- TVA serves all of the 95 counties in Tennessee. The TVA service area in Tennessee covers 99.7 percent of Tennessee, about 49 percent of TVA’s territory.
- Since 2000, the TVA system has delivered 99.999 percent transmission reliability.
- TVA’s power rates are lower than the national average.
- 81% of Tennessee businesses are connected with broadband
- Tennessee broadband adoption rate among households with children is 81%
- 53% of Tennessee residents use mobile broadband
Tennessee infrastructure rankings in Area Development magazine’s Top States for Doing Business 2014:
- #1 for Overall Infrastructure and Global Access
- #1 for Distribution/Supply Chain Hubs
In its 2014 State Rankings Report, Business Facilities ranked Tennessee:
- #1 for Logistics Leaders – Air Cargo Hubs (Memphis)
- #2 for Best Infrastructure
CNBC ranked Tennessee as No. 4 for Best Infrastructure in its America’s Top States for Business (2014).
Tennessee ranks No. 1 in the Southeast (No. 2 nationally) for employment per 1,000 jobs in transportation and material moving occupations.
Cates Landing—the only developable site on the Mississippi River above the 100-year floodplain between Memphis and Cairo, Illinois—offers 9,000 linear feet of slack water harbor operable year round, expandable to 14,000 linear feet.
rail systems, including 6 Class 1 railroads and 22 short-line railroads serving small communities and rural areas.
Overall Infrastructure and Global Access - Area Development