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Transportation in Indiana

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is responsible for regulating and maintaining transportation system of the state of Indiana. The department administers various programs to ensure safe, fast and convenient traveling for the people of Indiana. The transportation system [1] in Indiana comprises of rail transport, road transport, air transport and marine transport.

Road transportation in Indiana

The state of Indiana consists of an extensive network of major roadways that offers truck access across Indiana. The truck freight network of the state is comprises of: Interstate highways, U.S. highways, state routes and other primary county roads, arterial roadways and other local and secondary arterials. There are several programs like the Sponsor-A-Highway Program and Adopt-A-Highway Program adopted by the Indiana Department of Transportation to improve road travel experience.

Sponsor-A-Highway Program

INDOT’s Sponsor-A-Highway Program provides opportunities to improve Indiana’s roadways by sponsoring the  control of segments of interstate highways.  The Transport Department of Indiana has approved sponsoring entities and individuals hire a vendor, a private litter control company to perform highway litter control in the name of the sponsors.
Contact Details:
William Fielding
Roadside Services Coordinator
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 901
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Phone no: 317-232-5509

For more information on  Sponsor-A-Highway Program Click here.

Adopt-A-Highway program

Adopt-A-Highway program of the Transport Department of Indiana helps significantly diminish the roadside trash issues. This enhances the look of Indiana's communities and helps uncover the state's natural heritage. The Department’s Adopt-A-Highway program correlate with community groups that offers highway trash and litter pick-up in local communities.

Contact Details:
Public Affairs Division
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 755
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone no: 1-866-849-1368

For more information on  Adopt-A-Highway Program Click here.

Highways in Indiana

Indiana’s 14 interstate highways are the major backbone for high-volume goods movement around the state of Indiana. The state’s network of U.S. highways and major state routes form a rough grid of north-south and east-west routes, and fill in many of the gaps between Interstates. The major interstate highways in Indiana are: I -64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-164, I-265, I-275, I-465, I-469 and I-865.

Highways in Indiana
Image source: http://www.in.gov/
  • Interstate 64 (I-64) is a major east–west highway that provides access between Illinois and Kentucky. I-64 passes through the state of Indiana as the highway connects the two metropolitan areas of St Louis, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Interstate 65 (I-65) runs through the state from south to north. The Indiana portion starts near Louisville, Kentucky and travels north passing through Columbus, Lafayette and Indianapolis.
  • Interstate 69 (I-69) has two discontinuous parts of highway in Indiana. It runs northeast from the state capital of Indianapolis, to the city of Fort Wayne, and then moves north to the state of Michigan.
  • Interstate 70 (I-70) travels east–west across the state of Indiana passing through the capital of Indianapolis.
  • Interstate 74 (I-74) passes through the central parts of the state of Indiana from west to east. This highway connects Champaign in Illinois with Indianapolis in the center of Indiana and Indianapolis with Cincinnati in Ohio.
  • Interstate 80 (I-80) of Indiana comprises entirely of the following two highways: The Bormann Expressway which starts from the state of Illinois line to Lake Station, Indiana, which runs concurrently with Interstate 94 and Indiana Toll Road begins from Lake Station to the Ohio state line, which runs concurrently with Interstate 90.
  • Interstate 164 (I-164) is also known as the Robert D. Orr Highway. The Indiana Department renamed most of I-164 as Interstate 69. Therefore, the highway became part of an extended I-69 whose route runs north from the Texas border with Mexico and to the Michigan border with Canada near Port Huro.
  • Interstate 265 (I-265) includes the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area, comprising of the Southern Indiana.
  • Interstate 275 (I-275) highway is an 83.71-mile-long loop in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky that makes a complete beltway around the Cincinnati, Ohio, region. I-275 is the longest loop interstate highway in US.
  • Interstate 465 (I-465) is also known as the USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway. (I-465) is the beltway which circles Indiana, Indianapolis and United States.
  • Interstate 469 (I-469) is located in the northeastern portion of Indiana. I-469 is an auxiliary route of parent I-69 which carries parts of US Highway 24, US 30 and US 33 around the urban areas of Fort Wayne.
  • Interstate 865 (I-865) is an east–west connector that connects northwest of Indianapolis and Indiana.

Indiana Bureau Motor Vehicle

Contact Details:
Indiana Government Center North
Room 402
100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone no:
Customer Contact Center: 888-692-6841
Time: 8:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (ET) Monday to Friday

For more information on Indiana Bureau Motor Vehicle Click here.
For more information on Indiana Driver License Click here.

Quick Facts:
  • Longest Interstate: I-65 at 261.13
  • Longest Active US route in the state: US 41 at 276.51
  • Longest Active State Road: SR 3 at 212.95
  • Longest Old State Road: OSR 63 at 9.86
  • Longest Old US route: OUS 50 at 6.747
  •  Shortest Interstate within the state: I-275 at 3.29
  • Shortest US Route: US 131 at 0.64

Air Transportation in Indiana

Air transportation in Indianaa        Image source: http://www.in.gov/
The Aviation division of INDOT is responsible for promoting safety of aviation throughout the state of Indiana. The transportation Department of Indiana strives to maintain a high level of safety within the state aviation system.  Indianapolis International Airport is a major operational hub for United States Postal Service and FedEx. However Indiana has 12 other commercial airports that offer airfreight opportunities for freight movement. The Federal Aviation Administration oversees and authorizes all flight operations in Indiana. Some of the major airports in Indiana include Indianapolis International Airport, Evansville Regional Airport, Fort Wayne International Airport and South Bend International Airport.

Contact Details:

Kevin Rector
Manager, Aviation
Indiana Department of Transportation  
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 955
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone no: 317-232-1477

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

Indianapolis International Airport
Image source: http://www.indianapolisairport.com

Indianapolis International Airport first opened in 1931, and since then the airport has grown and adapted to meet the challenges of the nation's rapidly growing commercial aviation industry. There are about 135 daily flights[2] from the airport to 38 nonstop destinations on eight major airlines. Indianapolis International Airport is also the eighth largest cargo center in the U.S and also the home of the second-largest FedEx Express operation in the world.

Contact Details:
Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA)
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive,
Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN  46241
Phone no: 317 487 7243

Fort Wayne International Airport

Fort Wayne International Airport is operated and owned by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. Originally the airport was named "Baer Field" in 1941 but in the year 1946, Fort Wayne Municipal Airport. Later, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority in the year 1991 renamed it as Fort Wayne International Airport. The airport serves 4 major airlines carriers which includes American, Allegiant, United and Delta. The airport serves 12 non-stop destinations [3]which are Charlotte,  Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, , Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis (Seasonal), Orlando, Myrtle Beach (Seasonal), Philadelphia, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda , Phoenix/Mesa andTampa-St. Petersburg.

Contact Details
Address: Fort Wayne
IN 46809, United States

South Bend International Airport

South Bend International Airport is located three miles northwest of South Bend, in St. Joseph County in Indiana. The airport serves 3 major airlines [4] carriers which includes Allegiant, United and Delta. The airport also serves ten nonstop destinations.

Contact Details:
South Bend International Airport
Address: 4477 Progress Dr
South Bend, IN 46628
Phone no: 574 233 2185

Evansville Regional Airport

The Evansville Regional Airport was originated in the year 1928 [5]. The airport provides daily departures to five national hub-airports located throughout the United States. It serves destinations which includes Chicago, IL Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC and Detroit, MI

Contact Details
Evansville Regional Airport
7801 Bussing Dr.
Evansville IN, 47725
Phone no: 812 421-4401

Rail Transportation in Indiana

INDOT's Rail Office is responsible for developing and preserving freight and passenger corridors throughout the state of Indiana. The freight rail system in Indiana consists of three class I railroads and 39 regional, local, and switching and terminal carriers. Norfolk, CSX and Southern have extensive rail networks in Indiana. The rail network of Indiana consists of about 3,884 route miles of active rail lines.

Contact Details:
Mike Riley
Manager, Rail Office
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 955
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone no: 317-232-1491

Trains in Indiana
Image source: http://www.in.gov

Amtrak Service

Amtrak, National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a government railroad service system in the United States which offers safe, high quality on-time rail passenger service.  Amtrak manages and operates several trains daily.

Contact Details:
Customer Care and Reservations: 1-800-872-7245 or 1-800-523-6590
Emergency line: 1-800-331-0008 or Txt-a-Tip to APD11 (27311).

Passenger Rail in Indiana

The transportation Department of Indiana is presently involved in managing projects for future passenger rail service in the Indiana. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD/South Shore) and Amtrak controls the existing services and operations.

Contact Details:
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
33 East Us Highway 12
Chesterton, Indian-46304

Customer Care and Reservations: 1-800-872-7245 or 1-800-523-6590
Emergency line: 1-800-331-0008 or Txt-a-Tip to APD11 (27311).

Tourist Trains in Indiana

There are several short-line tourist passenger trains in Indiana which provides a safe and enjoyable journey to all the passengers. For any queries on Tourist Trains in Indiana contact the following details:

  • Hoosier Heritage Port Authority: Call 317-776-8268
  • Whitewater Valley Railroad: Call 765-825-2054
  • Indiana Railway Museum: Call 812-936-2626

Hoosier State Passenger Rail

Hoosier State and long-distance Cardinal services of Amtrak combine to offer regular round trip passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago, including intermediate stops in Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Dyer and Rensselaer. For Information on schedule and tickets Click here.

Water transportation In Indiana

Indiana is surrounded by Lake Michigan to the northwest and the Ohio and Wabash Rivers to the south. As a result, waterborne freight is an important factor of Indiana multi-modal capacity. The state has significant maritime access to the United States with two major inland waterways; the Ohio/Missouri/ Mississippi River watershed and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence seaways. These waterways give high-capacity routes to important domestic and export markets. The state has three public marine terminals managed by Ports of Indiana. The ports are Mount Vernon, Burns Harbor and Jeffersonville.

Contact Details

Port of Indiana
150 W. Market Street, Ste. 100
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone no: (317) 232-9200
Toll-free: (800) 232-PORT
Fax: (317) 232-0137
Email: info@portsofindiana.com

Ports of Indiana

The three port of Indiana [6] contribute over $6 billion per year to the economy of the state and support more than 51,000 jobs. The Ports are:

Burns Harbor Port
Burns Harbor Port
Image source: http://www.portsofindiana.com

Burns Harbor Port is the most efficient deep-water port on the Great Lakes. It is located in Portage on the south shore of Lake Michigan about 30 land miles and 18 nautical miles from Chicago.

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
Contact Details:
6625 S. Boundary Drive
Portage, IN 46368

Phone no: 219 787-8636
Fax: 219 787-8842
Port Director: Rick Heimann
Email id: rheimann@portsofindiana.com

Jeffersonville Port

Jeffersonville Port
Image source: http://www.portsofindiana.com

Jeffersonville Port is the fastest growing port on the Inland Waterway System. This Port is located on the northern bank of the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Ind., which is directly across the river from Louisville, Ky.

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

Contact Details:
1402 Port Road
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Phone no: 812 283-9662
Fax: 812 282-7505
Port Director: Scott Stewart
Email: sstewart@portsofindiana.com

Mount Vernon Port

Mount Vernon Port
   Image source: http://www.portsofindiana.com

This Port was originally created as Southwind Maritime Center. The port is situated in Mount Vernon, Ind., on the Ohio River, just 15 miles west of Evansville, Ind. Mount Vernon Port is one of the world's largest fertilizer markets  and also the center of one of the richest grain production areas in the world.

Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon

Contact Details:
2751 Bluff Road
Mount Vernon, IN 47620
Phone no: (812) 838-4382
Fax: (812) 838-4377
Port Director: Phil Wilzbacher
Email: pwilzbacher@portsofindiana.com

Fast Facts on Indiana Transportation
  • The Transportation Department of Indiana oversees more than 11,000 centerline miles.
  • The state of Indiana presently has 14 interstate highways.
  • The Transportation Department looks after about 6,000 bridges across the state.
  • INDOT approximately regulates 4,500 rail miles in Indiana.
  • INDOT regulates more than 110 public airports and about 560 private airports across the state of Indiana.
  • The Toll Road of Indiana is about 157 miles in length.

  1. Indiana Department of Transportation
  2. Indianapolis International Airport
  3. Fort Wayne International Airport
  4. South Bend International Airport
  5. Evansville Regional Airport
  6. Ports of Indiana
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