Bragging Rights


Transportation and Logistics

Greater Memphis has world class transportation infrastructure.

Runway: Memphis International Airport


  • I-40 connects the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and runs directly through Memphis. The stretch between Memphis and Little Rock is the 3rd-busiest trucking corridor in the nation.
  • Memphis is the halfway point of the new 2,600-mile, I-69 superhighway connecting Canada to Mexico currently under construction. 
  • In 2010, Tennessee ranked third with the nation’s “Best Roads” by Overdrive magazine.
    • Tennessee’s stretch of I-40 was also ranked as the nation’s “Best Highway Segment” by Overdrive magazine in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year.


  • Memphis is the 3rd-largest rail center in the United States behind Chicago and St. Louis.
  • Memphis is home to five of the largest wide-span cranes in the country because of BNSF’s $200 million newly expanded intermodal facility.
  • Home to nine fully-operational rail yards with a total current container capacity of more than 2 million annual lifts 
  • By train, Memphis can reach 45 states (including Canada and Mexico) within 2 days.
  • Single system shipment to all 48 contiguous states, and Alaska, Mexico, and Canada


  • The International Port of Memphis is the 4th-largest inland port in the United States and 2nd-largest inland port on the shallow draft portion of the Mississippi River.
  • The Port of Memphis ranked 19th in 2012 for total domestic trade by cargo volume in the United States.
  • The largest still water harbor on the Mississippi River
  • Port of Memphis handles more than 12 million tons annually.
  • The International Port of Memphis is also home to the Valero petroleum refinery, the only refinery in the State of Tennessee.