Wide-Ranging Transportation Infrastructure
Spokane Valley is conveniently located on I-90, the northernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate. The valley’s I-90 corridor offers multiple benefits – ease of access to employees, multiple transportation systems, and nearby manufacturing, retail and health services. Getting to work is not a problem – in 2017, the average time of commute for a worker was a short 20.5 minutes. Don’t just take our word for it – hear what local business leaders have to say (45-second video) about the valley’s transportation systems.
Equipped with robust highway, rail and air options, Spokane has the infrastructure to efficiently move products across the U.S. This I-90 strategic freight corridor carries international and domestic interstate and intrastate trade. North-south routes include U.S. Highways 195, 395, and 2 to I-95. These connect Spokane Valley to the Canadian border only 110 miles to the north, as well as Mexico to the south.
Class 1 railroads Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe both ship nationally out of the Spokane Valley switching yard. On the direct Seattle to Chicago line for both railroads, Spokane Valley is the gateway to and from the interior U.S. and the Pacific rim, with efficient east-west access and reciprocal switching capabilities matched by only a few regions nationwide.
Felts Field Airport, located in the City of Spokane, is an active general aviation airport with over 250 based aircraft, 68 tenants and more than 59,000 annual aircraft operations. The airport’s history traces back more than 85 years and includes the original site of the Washington Air National Guard.
Additionally, the Spokane International Airport is the second-largest airport in Washington and is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as a small hub. It is served by six different airlines offering non-stop national service to 16 locations and one-stop service to a number of cities internationally. Two cargo carriers also air transport approximately 170 tons daily.
The Eastern Washington University Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis provides an overall socio-economic overview of the county and various cities, including transportation data, on its Spokane Community Indicators website.