|Major Delivery Zone Cities|
|Zone 1||Zone 2||Zone 3||Zone 4|
|Chicago||New Orleans||Miami||Los Angeles|
|Kansas City||New York||Phoenix||Portland|
|Omaha||Salt Lake City||Billings||San Francisco|
|Denver||Houston||Montreal, PQ||Vancouver, BC|
|Des Moines||Cincinnati||Toronto, ON|
|Minneapolis / St Paul||Washington D.C.|
|Dallas / Ft. Worth||Baltimore|
|Source: Survey of Buying Power, SBP-Online Report|
|Maximum Dimensions Allowed on Kansas Highways|
|Legal Width||8.5 ft|
|Legal Height||14.0 ft|
|Legal Length (single motor vehicle)||45.0 ft|
|Legal Length (truck-trailer combinations)||65.0 ft|
|Legal Length (each trailer when pulled in tandem)||28.5 ft|
|Legal Length (tractor-trailer combinations)||No limit|
Currently, there are over 1,000 private carriers, 350 intrastate for-hire carriers and over 9,500 Kansas-based motor carriers with intrastate and/or interstate operating authority licensed to operate in Kansas. Thanks to our state’s proximity to major markets, our transit times and shipping rates for common carriers can compete with any in the country. Kansas motor carrier regulations, covering truck and trailer size and weight, mirror many federal guidelines.
Kansas ranks in the top 10 in the United States in railroad mileage with 4,776 miles of track, 2.23 percent of all U.S. railroad miles. Our four Class I and 13 Class III (short line) rail carriers ensure freight service to virtually anywhere in Kansas, since the countless tons of grain grown here have for decades mandated a comprehensive rail system. Class I rail carriers roll over 2,790 miles of track throughout the state. The state’s Class III rail carriers use an additional 1,947 miles of track. Railroads continue to move more freight, increasing utilization of lines and efficiency of their operations.
More than 900 incorporated and unincorporated cities stand along Kansas’ tracks. Many communities are served by more than one railroad, and businesses in several cities can take advantage of reciprocal switching agreements between railroads. Three intermodal facilities operate in the Kansas City area. The Kansas City area, a convenient first stop en route to all major marketing regions, ranks as the second leading rail center in the nation.
Kansas is home to two switching and terminal railroads and two intermodal facilities. BNSF Railway is building a $1 billion intermodal transportation facility and logistics park in southwest Johnson County. The intermodal is scheduled to be operational in late 2013. It is scheduled to have the following: 535 developable acres; over 7 million total square feet developable; nearly 3 million square feet - direct rail-served; projected $750 million private investment for development; foreign trade zone and heavy-weight corridor also available.
|In-Transit Rail Shipping Times to Major Cities|
|Kansas City||1 Day|
|Los Angeles||5 Days|
|New York||7 Days|
|Oklahoma City||2 Days|
|St. Louis||2 Days|
|Kansas Turnpike Exceptions|
|Kansas Turnpike regulations are similar to those
for other Kansas highways with a few exceptions:
(K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 8-1904, K.S.A. 8-1908, 8-1909)
|Legal Weights Allowed on Kansas Highways|
|Single Axle||20,000 lbs|
|Tandem Axle||34,000 lbs*|
Kansas Highway Gross Weight Limits
|Interstate Highway||80,000 lbs|
|Other Highways||85,500 lbs|
|* Tandem axles with center less than 40 inches apart are considered one axle.|
|Kansas Rail Miles Owned and Operated
|Class I Carriers||
to Class III
|Burlington Northern Santa Fe
|Kansas City Southern||18||0||18||0|
|Union Pacific System||1,800||265||1,535||837|
|Class I Total||3,055||265||2,790||1,289|
|Class III Carriers||
From Class I
|Blackwell Northern Gateway
|Blue Rapids Railroad||10||0||10||0|
|Boot Hill & Western Railroad||10||0||10||1|
|Cimarron Valley Railroad||183||0||183||4|
|Garden City Western Railroad||45||0||45||0|
|Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad||642||111||753||36|
|Missouri & Northern Arkansas||0||8||8||0|
|Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado
|South Kansas & Oklahoma||305||0||305||44|
|V & S Railway||25||0||25||2|
|Kansas City Terminal||27||0||27||0|
|New Century AirCenter Railway||5||0||5||0|
|Wichita Terminal Association||3||0||3||0|
|Class III Total||1,666||254||1,929||117|
|Source: Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas State Rail Plan 2011|
In the Wichita or South Central region of Kansas, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) provides over 40 daily departures to major hubs throughout the United States, including Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles. Federal Express, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and UPS provide cargo service from Mid-Continent. Mid-Continent accommodates all aircraft and is demonstrating its commitment to innovation by constructing a state of the art terminal. Click here to view the passenger service airlines
Mid-Continent’s campus of 3,300 acres is home to more than 70 businesses including air cargo, hotels, restaurants, aircraft manufacturers, aircraft service and repairs, and government functions. Mid-Continent is conveniently located 5.2 miles southwest of the Central Business District, bordered on the north by U.S. Highway 54/400 and on the south by Highway K-42. It also provides easy access to and from Interstate 235. Supplementing Mid-Continent Airport is Colonel James Jabara Airport, a general aviation reliever airport for the Wichita metro area. Located nine miles northeast of the Central Business district, Jabara Airport consists of 802 acres, of which, 208 acres are available for aviation development.
In the North Central region, the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) provides jet service daily to Chicago and Dallas/ Fort Worth. Also in the central region, the Salina Regional Airport (SLN) provides turboprop service to Kansas City. In the Central and Northwest region, flights to Denver are available daily from Great Bend and Hays via turboprop aircraft. In Southwest Kansas, Garden City Regional Airport (GCK) provides daily jet service to Dallas / Fort Worth. Commercial flights to Denver depart from the Dodge City airport (DDC) and are provided by turboprop aircraft.
There are approximately 140 public use airports in Kansas. No community in Kansas is more than 30 miles from a public use airport. Approximately 91 percent of the population is within a 45-minute drive to an airport with a runway of 5,000 feet or longer with jet fuel available and a precision (or LPV) approach.
Air cargo carriers serving Kansas include Airborne Express, Air Cargo Carriers, Baron Aviation, BAX Global, Central Air Southwest, DHL Airways, EGL, Emery Worldwide, Federal Express, Kitty Hawk, Planemasters, United Parcel Service and the United States Postal Service. Most commercial airlines also offer small package delivery services to businesses.
Many air/industrial parks now operate on the sites of former military bases, serving as attractive, low-cost locations for businesses seeking independent air services for cargo and company personnel.
Kansas’ involvement in aviation is legendary. More than 55 percent of the general aviation aircraft produced in the United States originates in Kansas. Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna and Bombardier Learjet are headquartered in Wichita, including an Airbus engineering center. In addition, Spirit AeroSystems operates a major research, manufacturing and assembly complex in Kansas, and numerous adjacent support businesses complement the Wichita aircraft industry. The aviation avionics industry is located in other parts of Kansas, as well. The corporate headquarters of Garmin and the avionics division of Honeywell are located in Olathe, Kan., in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
Foodstuffs, fertilizer, scrap steel, cement and other raw materials, as well as machinery, comprise the bulk of shipments. The shipping season generally lasts between eight and nine months.
The Port of Catoosa, an inland seaport located near Tulsa, Okla., is approximately 50 miles from the Kansas border. The South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad and the BNSF Railway provide direct rail access to the Port. It is a year-round, economical alternative to other means of travel and is especially advantageous to businesses manufacturing large goods that need to be assembled prior to shipping. The Port has been approved for a $6.4 million grant in federal funds for a $13 million rehabilitation of the main dock. This rehabilitation should be completed within the next 18 to 24 months.