Transportation & Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Located in the center of Southern Lake Michigan’s Industrial corridor, Portage, Indiana provides competitive advantages to companies that move cargo by water, rail, and highway. We are situated between America’s second largest market in Chicago and other leading industrial and consumer markets in Michigan, making our community a natural production and distribution center for the Midwest.

Port of Indiana
As a multi-modal facility, the Port of Indiana at Portage handles more than 500,000 trucks, 10,000 rail cars, 250 barges, and 100 ships per year. With 20+ steel processing companies and three steel mills, the Port of Indiana at Portage is a one-stop-shop for steel related industries.

Portage Marina
The Portage Marina provides area residents the ability to launch or store their boat with immediate access to Lake Michigan. There is a pump out and transient slips are available for recreational use.  The marina also boasts great fishing from the dock or in the deeper waters of Lake Michigan.

Interstate Highway System
Situated along the I-80 and I-94 corridors, 5 miles east of I-65, and just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, Portage has a transportation system that is un-paralleled!  In addition, US 6 runs east and west along the southern border of Portage and US 12 and US 20 run east and west along the northern border of Portage.

Freight and Passenger Rail 
Freight rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern, and CSX. CSX also has Intermodal facilities nearby at Wolcott and Laporte, Indiana, with a site proposed for Gary, Indiana. The South Shore Commuter Rail Line provides daily passenger service between South Bend and Chicago.

Airports
Portage, Indiana is located 7 miles east of the Gary/Chicago International Airport and 13 miles northwest of the Porter County Airport, with a short drive to Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare International Airports.

Gary/Chicago International Airport – 7 miles

Porter County Airport – 13 miles

Midway International Airport – 45 miles

South Bend Regional Airport – 57 miles

O’Hare International Airport – 57 miles

Fiber Communications
The Portage, Indiana industrial corridor is strategically located in an area that offers multiple broadband options. Frontier Communications currently has broadband fiber lines in Ameriplex at the Port, Comcast Communications offers broadband in the adjacent area and “dark fiber” is nearby with lines running along the South Shore Rail Line from South Bend to Chicago.

The Portage area offers a well-established utility corridor for Natural Gas, Electricity, Water, Wastewater, Industrial Gases and multiple Communication options.