Transportation

Air Transportation

Businesses in the Greater Madison region have access to a number of transportation networks, which provide easy access to major markets and make shipping and receiving materials more convenient and cost effective.

Air

Four major airlines serve Madison through the Dane County Regional Airport. They provide nonstop flights to major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City. View flight map.

Along with a 9,000-foot runway to support passenger and freight transportation, the airport also assists local businesses by providing a foreign trade zone.

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) to:
Distance
(miles)
Travel Time (hh:mm)
Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
79
1:22
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
148
2:30
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP)
273
4:18

 

Middleton's Municipal Airport, Morey Field, is a modern, general aviation 252-acre facility which accommodates around 40,000 operations per year and approximately 70 aircraft which are based there.

Commuting

You can get there from here! Depending on where you live in the city of Madison, your commute time will range from 13.3 to 21.4 minutes (zipatlas.com). Statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Wisconsin is among the lowest states in the nation in the time that commuters spend in their cars.

Nationally, less than 1% (0.56) of Americans ride their bikes to work. In the Madison area, 4.69% rely on two wheels vs. four for their daily commute...yes, even in winter.

Madison ranked high for our transportation priorities (from Mayor Soglin's blog): In a new report by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), Madison is embracing alternatives to driving. According to the report, Madison is second in the nation for an increase in bike commuting and third in the nation for a decrease in driving. From 2006 to 2011, we have had an 18% decrease in vehicle-miles traveled and an 88% increase in bike ridership. The report also commended Madison for the "extensive network of bike lanes and a comprehensive bus system complete with turn lanes exclusively for bikes and buses, diagonal bike crossings, bike lanes that change locations during rush hour, bike boxes (that allow cyclists to ride to the front of cars waiting at a red light), and streets that are two-way for cyclists but one-way for cars." We are not done! We will continue to improve Madison's rating by continuing to increase public transit, and access to bicycle routes, and ensuring that all basic needs are within walking distance of every neighborhood so that residents can walk more and drive less. To get the full report, read the "Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America's Biggest Cities" report.

Highway

The Greater Madison region is at the center of an expansive highway network that includes state, U.S. and interstate highways.

  • Interstate 90/94 connects Madison to the Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee markets.
  • U.S. Highway 51 is the primary highway linking northern and southern Wisconsin.
  • U.S. Highways 12, 18 and 151 connect the Madison community to other parts of Wisconsin as well as Iowa and other surrounding states.
  • State Highway 19 links to the interstate and U.S. highways.
  • Interstate 39 goes north and south through the center of the state and connects Wisconsin to Rockford, Ill.

Rail

Businesses in the Greater Madison region have access to a variety of rail transportation options, including Class-1 rail service from Canadian Pacific lines and rail access provided by Wisconsin and Southern.

Bus service

Madison Metro has been recognized as the best transit system of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association in 2012. Over 14.6 million rides were provided in 2012 on 66 fixed routes.

For more information on transportation options, please contact us.

Clean vehicle fuels

To support the growing electric vehicle market, MGE installed a network of 27 public charging stations in Dane County. In addition to Level 2 charging stations, a fast charging station is located on the east side of Madison. A growing number of local businesses and multifamily developers offer electric vehicle charging to employees and tenants.

  • To learn more about electric vehicles and charging, watch our stories on Green Technology

Four public compressed natural gas stations are located in Dane County. Visit the DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator for a list of CNG stations in Wisconsin.