Port & Rail

Port Access

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

St. Louis is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers and as a result is home to the nation’s second largest inland port by trip ton-miles. We are home to the Northernmost lock and damn ice free port on the Mississippi River. All major barge lines serve our port, which offers more than 100 docks and terminal facilities. You have Immediate access to I-70, I-64, I-55, I-44, and other major interstates and a new Mississippi River Bridge was opened in early 2014 that carries I-70 traffic. Our ports are served by six of the seven Class One railroads and several short lines and are in close proximity to two international airports, Lambert-St. Louis in MO and, in IL, Mid-America Airport; which resides near Scott AFB, home of TRANSCOM, in IL. Located nearby are America’s Central port and the City of St. Louis Municipal River Terminal, which is a 27-acre general purpose, public facility, located at river mile 181.5, with a 2000LF dock. This is of course part of the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis (PMSL) which is a large, multimodal network at the heart of America’s commercial traffic; per US Army Corps, the PMSL covers 70 miles along both sides of the Mississippi from river mile 138.8 to 208.8 (AOR). Handles more than 32 million tons of freight each year; major shipper of grain, coal, petroleum products, scrap metals, aggregates, and chemicals. The PMSL also serves as a storage, com-modity transfer, and distribution point for goods destined for worldwide transport. We also have access to twenty-nine industrial centers with a population of 90 million from St. Louis by barge. Many industrial devel-opment sites are available in the City’s 3000-acre North Riverfront Business Corridor.


St. Louis is served by six Class 1 railroads and several smaller industrial rail lines. In it’s entirety, St. Louis is the nation’s third-largest rail center, with more than 5,000 people employed in the rail industry locally. The region handles approximately 10,000 rail cars per day, contains over 30 rail yard facilities, and has more than 40 lines going to all sections of North America.