Transportation

Railroad Features

Cross County, as its name implies, is at the crossing of several rail lines: two that run north and south and one that runs east and west. One north-south line is in the community of Fair Oaks in western Cross County—the other runs through Wynne in central Cross County.

Running east and west is one of the busiest rail lines in Arkansas, which intersects the north-south lines in Fair Oaks and in Wynne, making Cross County one of the few places in Arkansas with two such intersections for Class I rail carriers.

The county is served by both Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail carriers. Served by both of these carriers, the east-west line runs across several sites that could be advantageous for your company to consider.

North Little Rock, about 90 miles west of Cross County via I-40, is the hub of UP's operations in Arkansas, where the railroad operates the $40 million Downing B. Jenks locomotive repair shop, the largest and most modern on the system. North Little Rock is also the site of the system's second largest freight car classification yard.

In addition to Union Pacific's facilities in Little Rock, UP operates a $70 million state-of-the-art, 600-acre intermodal facility at Marion, less than 10 minutes from Cross County via US highway 64.

For additional rail information, please contact our staff for further assistance.

Local Airports

The greater Cross County area has the air services necessary to keep your business well connected around the globe.

Memphis International Airport to the east is less than an hour away via I-40 and I-55. A hub for Northwest Airlines, it provided service to more than 10.6-million people in 2007 and transported nearly 4.2-million tons of freight through the air.

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock to the west is less than two hours away via I-40. Little Rock is a hub for Southwest Airlines and transports more than 2.1-million passengers annually. There are more than 150 flight arrivals and departures at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jet service to 18 national/international gateway cities, making Little Rock truly one stop away from the world.

Cross County and St. Francis County, our neighbor to the south, joined forces to form a partnership for the construction of a new regional airport in Colt. Governed by the Delta Regional Airport Authority, the Delta Regional Airport is located in St. Francis County, but borders Cross County approximately seven miles south of Wynne.

Rivers and River Ports

Shipping goods by water is often advantageous for many companies. Cross County can provide this service, too, with less than a 45-minute drive via I-40, I-55, 3-lane US Highway 64 and 4-lane Arkansas Highway 1.

The West Memphis-Crittenden County Port Authority owns a general purpose river terminal and a special purpose grain terminal. Rail service is available nearby. The port is within five miles of I-40 and I-55. They are currently in the middle of a three-phase project to improve ease of travel to and from the port.

The International Port of Memphis is available by road or rail and is less than one hour from Wynne and less than 35 minutes from Parkin in eastern Cross County. The port facility consists of five public terminals with 11 berths, and some terminals have cranes available in the 100 to 300 ton class. Specialty heavy lift service is also available up to 1250 tons.

The Memphis and Shelby County Port facilities are served by five class-one railroad carriers, two barge fleeting services and a multitude of barge and truck transport services. The port facility has immediate access to I-40 and I-55 and is located less than 15 minutes from the Memphis International Airport. (Information obtained from www.portofmemphis.com)

Logistics

East Arkansas is something like a logistics dream. From an extensive network of highways, railways, air routes, waterways and pipelines, to a central U.S. location less than a days’ drive from most major markets, the Crossroads region provides streamlined transport to anywhere in the country.

East Arkansas enjoys two Class I freight lines, two major Interstates and four major highways, as well as 15,000 miles of inland waterways connected to deep-water ports such as Helena Harbor, the Port of West Memphis and the International Port of Memphis, the fourth-largest inland port in the country.

A range of well-respected logistics companies are based right in our backyard, including J.B. Hunt, the nation’s leading transportation provider, and FedEx, which operates a global “SuperHub” just 20 minutes away in Memphis.

Other Logistics Advantages Include:

  • Access to ABF Freight Systems, which serves all 50 states and has international operations offering service to 230 ports in 130 countries
  • A $70 million state-of-the-art Union Pacific Railroad facility, just north of where Interstates 40 and 55 converge
  • Access to a rail yard and Intermodal Facility operated by BNSF, the second-largest U.S. freight line
  • 9 general aviation airports and close proximity to the Memphis International Airport, the busiest cargo airport in the U.S., and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, which has six airlines providing 57 departures each day and non-stop jet service to 16 national/international gateway cities
  • The future Delta Regional Airport, boasting a 6,000-ft. runway and plans for expansion
 

Schneider

Spend any amount of time in East Arkansas and you’re bound to see them – Schneider‘s more than 9,000 signature orange semi-trailer trucks. The $3.6 billion company, which has run truckload freight for nearly 80 years, operates a 30-acre facility in West Memphis, with approximately 450 trucks at its disposal.

From long-haul to regional to expedited service, a fleet of Schneider trucks is always available for cargo transport to and from our region’s many businesses, rail yards and deep-water ports.

“We’re happy to be part of a transportation and logistics infrastructure as strong as the one in eastern Arkansas,” said Wayne Elliott, operations manager of Schneider’s West Memphis facility. “Our West Memphis facility has become a crucial transportation hub for the Mid-South over the past 23 years to meet the area’s growing freight needs.

“There are a variety of opportunities we offer to professional drivers – traditional long-haul over-the-road, regional offerings, and flexible work schedules. Truck driving school tuition reimbursement is available for those new to the industry, and we strongly value our associates who come from the military. Use of the military apprenticeship program is a great benefit for someone making a career transition.”