Grand Island’s central location within the state makes it easy for visitors and residents alike. Access is convenient and easy with Grand Island’s four major highways (U.S. Highways 30, 34, and 281 and Nebraska Highway 2) and proximity to Interstate 80.
With Grand Island’s establishment of a Metropolitan Planning Organization, transportation and transit needs for the community can be identified and addressed with the use of federal funding.
Grand Island is strategically located along Interstate 80—one of the primary east-west highway transportation corridors in the nation. Grand Island has easy access from three interchanges to Interstate 80. Average daily traffic volume on Interstate 80 at Grand Island Exit 312 is 20,325.
Other major highways traversing the community are:
U.S. Highway 30 – an east – west corridor which spans Nebraska from Wyoming to Iowa.
U.S. Highway 34 – an east – west corridor which runs from the Colorado border to Plattsmouth.
U.S. Highway 281 a major north – south corridor which runs from Canada to Texas, just short of the Mexican border.
State Highway 2 – an east – west corridor which runs from northwest of Crawford and ends at Nebraska City
Along with an extensive highway network, rail service is an important consideration for businesses that move product to or from their location. As expectations for a quick turnaround from order placement to delivery increase, so too does the importance of rail transport. Grand Island has been served by the Union Pacific Railroad since 1866 as part of the original transcontinental railroad. Today, the Union Pacific Railroad runs about 90 trains a day. Also serving Grand Island is the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Approximately 75 BNSF trains pass through Grand Island on a daily basis.
Air service to and from Grand Island is available, reliable, and affordable. Central Nebraska Regional Airport offers daily nonstop jet service to Dallas/Fort Worth on American Eagle Airlines. They also offer twice-weekly nonstop service to Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa and weekly nonstop service to Orlando on Allegiant. The main runway will be expanded to 8,000 feet in 2016 to facilitate larger planes. A new passenger terminal with additional parking was completed in 2016.
Public transportation is available through the Hall County Public Transportation (HCPT) Service, Monday-Friday, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.