Two airports serve Erie County: The major passenger airport in the county is Erie International Airport – Tom Ridge Field. Erie International Airport provides commercial service for the tri-state region of northwestern Pennsylvania, western New York, and northeast Ohio. Offering 7,500 feet of runway, the airport is ready for business. Corry Lawrence Airport is a publicly owned and operated Business Class Airport with a 4,100-foot paved runway, fuel sales, and hangar space available.

PA’s only port on the Great Lakes: Located in Presque Isle Bay, the port provides access to Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Erie has a gantry-mounted robotic welding system, the largest dry-dock and crane on the Great Lakes, a full-service shipyard, warehouse space, a Foreign Trade Zone, an 80-acre Keystone Opportunity Zone, deep draft dock face, and private dock face.  The Port of Erie also includes the Mountfort Terminal that handles general cargo. Cargo is transferred directly at the terminal because of Erie County’s access to highways and rail lines.

Access to Freight and Passenger Railroads: Rail service in Erie County includes freight and passenger railroads. Both CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern (NS) provide the greater part of rail freight between Chicago, Illinois, and Buffalo, New York. Other freight services in Erie County include five short line railroads operating (Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., Canadian National Railway, Western NY & PA Railroad, West Erie Shortline Railroad, and the East Erie Commercial Railroad). 
Amtrak provides passenger railroad service to Erie County to Buffalo, New York, and Cleveland, Ohio.

Roads and Infrastructure: Erie County is a central point of connection between the nation’s major East/West connector, Interstate 90, and Interstate 79 connecting southward to the nation’s interstate system.

Access to Markets: 
Erie is close to major metropolitan markets including Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. It is important to know that Erie is within one day’s drive to 80% of consumers in the continental United States, and 5.4 million people in a 150-mile radius. 

  • 80.5 miles to Buffalo

  • 98.5 miles to Cleveland

  • 116.1 miles to Pittsburgh