Transportation and Logistics
Transportation and logistics are essential to move people and goods into and out of the community. Businesses in The Greater Fort Dodge Area enjoy the advantage of our strategic, Midwest location and our robust transportation network
Functioning as a hub for the whole region, Fort Dodge Regional Airport (FOD) conveniently serves Greater Fort Dodge with daily flights to St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Chicago. The airport offers free parking and short check-in and security lines.
The nearby Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is served by eight commercial carriers with more than 120 domestic flights per day. From Des Moines, passengers now have non-stop access to 19 destinations, and international flights are easily made with one connection in other major cities.
The Dodger Area Rapid Transit System (DART) serves the Greater Fort Dodge Area from its main office at 530 1st Ave South. Managed by the Mid-Iowa Development Association (MIDAS) Council of Governments, DART has a fleet of 21 accessible buses equipped with mobile data terminals that transmit rider pick-up and drop-off schedules to drivers. They are also being equipped with on board cameras as new buses are regularly added to the fleet.
The DART System runs seven fixed routes on week-days, covering every corner of the city, starting at 7 a.m., and running through 6 p.m. Routes, fares, and schedules are available at http://www.midascog.net/transit/dart.
The Greater Fort Dodge Area is served by two class-one railroads, the Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian National. The ability to choose which rail service to use gives you the flexibility and leverage to plan your train rides depending on your needs and your budget.
There are rail-served sites as well as trans-load services available within the community.
Fort Dodge is situated on US Highway 20 and US Highway 169. Within a 35-mile range, you can access Interstate 35 through four-lane US Highway 20. You can also access Interstate 80 traversing east and west within 70 miles - all four lane access.
You will be able to transport goods from, and to the Greater Fort Dodge Area, from your facility efficiently and cost effectively.