Economic Development

Western Nevada Location/Market Access


Western Nevada is located on two major highway corridors U.S. 395 and U.S. 50. Several local, regional and national carriers are used for shipment in and out of western Nevada to 80 percent of the 11-state western region on a next-day basis.

The major transportation route to Virginia City is State Route 341, intersecting U.S. 395 near Reno via Geiger Grade and U.S. 50, southwest in Carson City. Interstate 80 is located 23 miles northwest in Reno.

Two principal highways bisect Churchill County and link the region with major western markets. U.S. Highway 50 runs east-west to Reno and California, while U.S. Highway 95A runs north-south to northern Nevada. Interstate 80 is accessible at nearby Fernley, Nevada, or directly north via U.S. Highway 95A.

Reno/Sparks, located in Washoe County, is at the hub of an extensive transportation network on two major highway corridors: Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 395. Interstate 80 connects Reno/Sparks to Sacramento and San Francisco to the west and Salt Lake City to the east. U.S. Highway 395 runs northbound to Oregon, Washington, and Canada and southbound to Los Angeles. Both JC Penney and Kmart, two major distribution centers located in Reno and Sparks, carry shipments over these routes daily.

Three primary transportation routes transect Lyon County; Interstate 80 parallels the northwest border of the county, and continues west to San Francisco (via Reno/Sparks) and east to Salt Lake City. U.S. Highway 50 also crosses east-west through the county, continuing westbound through Carson City, and eastbound through Ely. U.S. Highway 95A spurs off I-80 and runs north-south, passing through Yerington on its way to Las Vegas. Several state routes provide access to the rural areas. Approximately sixty regional and national carriers are available for shipments in and out of Lyon County.

U.S. Highway 95 runs through the county linking the area with Reno to the north and Tonopah/Las Vegas to the south.

Return to TopMileage

Destination Reno Virginia City Carson Fernley Minden Fallon Hawthorne
Reno, NV 26 32 35 50 63 134
Sacramento, CA 132 157 164 166 127 193 265
San Francisco, CA 218 243 250 253 212 280 352
Boise, ID 423 445 452 390 470 386 458
Las Vegas, NV 448 437 447 413 453 399 314
Salt Lake City, UT 518 540 547 485 564 481 512
Los Angeles, CA 518 542 437 551 422 490 385
Portland, OR 576 598 605 608 622 635 707
Phoenix, AZ 739 729 736 704 721 691 605
Seattle, WA 750 771 778 781 795 808 880
Helena, MT 887 909 915 853 933 850 905
Cheyenne, WY 956 977 985 922 1,002 919 949
Denver, CO 1,051 1,073 1,080 1,017 1,097 1,014 1,045
Santa Fe, NM 1,284 1,308 1,315 1,534 1,085 1,404 945

Source: Rand McNally Mileage Calculator, numbers are miles

Return to TopThird Party Logistics

Bender Group
Bender Group focuses on providing flexible logistics solutions, delivering excellent customer service and building partnerships with companies of all sizes to improve their supply chain networks, from raw materials to consumer delivery.

CEVA Logistics
CEVA Logistics is a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions demonstrating core competencies in domestic and international freight transportation, integrated logistics management and information technology.

Hopkins Distribution
Hopkins Distribution Company is well known and respected for providing global logistics, distribution, and warehousing solutions for many clients across the United States. As a Third Party Logistics (3PL) specialist, they provide their clients with a wide array of highly technical yet cost-efficient options for fulfillment, distribution and warehousing challenges.

ITS Logistics
ITS Logistics is a Nevada based, third party logistics provider offering a wide range of supply chain solutions to local and national manufacturers and distributors.

Kuehne + Nagel
Kuehne + Nagel is one of the world's leading logistics providers. Across its global network of 750 offices in more than 100 countries, the company develops and delivers integrated logistics solutions of outstanding quality and operational excellence. Tailored to industry and customer requirements.

Legacy Supply Chain Services
Legacy Supply Chain Services is a third-party logistics provider with over 37 years of supply chain experience. Our expanded North American distriibution footprint includes of 6,000,000 square feet of dedicated and multi-client space in 50 locations, across 19 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Legacy's full-service solutions include: warehousing and distribution, international transportation, North American transportation, customs and complaince, and installation services.

OHL offers a comprehensive set of logistics solutions to support customer needs throughout the world.  Their services include transportation, warehousing and distribution, customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and trade consulting services. 

OHL – Sparks, Nevada would like to share some great initiatives for warehousing and logistics services. Currently, OHL Sparks has approximately 150k ft2 available. Open rack and bulk storage. With this immediate space available, the OHL Sparks Operations Team is willing to fill at a very low cost - attractive rate.  This is for month to month as well as year to year deals. Please contact Jonathan Greer at or 775.412.0653 directly for additional information.

OnTrac transit day map from Reno, Nevada

OnTrac is the faster, more affordable way to ship Ground within the Western United States. Their Ground service network reaches over 63 million consumers and saves you a transit day over the national carriers. You pay for Ground service and your customers get it the next day.*

With over 20 years of experience, OnTrac has grown to become the largest regional package delivery company in the United States, helping distribution centers in Reno speed up their deliveries while boosting profits and customer satisfaction. Companies also benefit from lower surcharges, later pickups, fewer fees, and a money-back Service Guarantee, making OnTrac a valuable asset for your West Coast operations. 

To learn more about OnTrac, please visit or contact Christopher Reed at

*subject to volume requirements & special pickup arrangements.


Schneider Logistics
Schneider Logistics provides innovative transportation and logistics technologies that optimize supply chain visibility, flexibility, and profitability.  We provide our customers with the resources they need to be successful and the power to make informed decisions that are right for their business.  Where is your business taking you?  We’ll get you there.

Return to TopForeign Trade Zones

A foreign trade zone is a restricted access site authorized by the Foreign Trade Zones Board, which consists of the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Treasury. FTZs, upon activation under regulations of the U.S. Customs Service, are secured areas under U.S. Customs supervision and are located in or near a U.S. Customs recognized port of entry. Customs entry procedures do not apply even though FTZs are within the territory and jurisdiction of the United States. For more information visit:

Foreign Trade Zone 126 is located in northwest Nevada (View Map), centered off the International Customs Port in Reno, Nevada. Our zone has been approved for Alternative Site Framework (ASF), providing maximum flexibility to potential zone users. Property covered includes southern Washoe county, all of Storey, Carson, and Douglas counties, northern Lyon county, and western Churchill county- roughly 5000 square miles of available FTZ space. ASF designation allows potential users the flexibility of location, as well as quick approval for zone activity.

Location in Carson City:
Taiyo America
2675 Antler Dr.
Carson City, NV

Locations in Storey County:
Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC)

Return to TopRail Service

Passenger service is provided by Amtrak in the Reno/Sparks area and freight service is provided by Union Pacific Railroad in Reno/Sparks. The Union Pacific Railroad provides spurline freight service to the center of Fallon. Burlington Northern Santa Fe has also been authorized to operate over the tracks in northern Nevada.

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Regional service is provided by Greyhound. Citifare also offers commuter bus service, PRIDE, between Reno and Carson City. The Tahoe Basin portion of Douglas County is served on a contract basis. The Churchill Area Regional Transportation runs daily. Additionally, Trans Nevada Stages and K-T Services stop twice a day in Fallon and Hawthorne, Monday through Friday.

Return to TopAirports

Carson City Airport
The Carson City Airport has one 5,900 ft. lighted runway, one 3,400 ft. unpaved taxiway and one 2,600 ft., 35-foot-wide paved taxiway. No commercial services exist. Fixed-based operators in operation are Silver Sky Aviation, Weaver Aircraft, Shadetree Aviation and El Aero Services.

Fallon Municipal Airport

Fallon Municipal Airport provides charter and general aviation services to the area. Rental cars and flight instructions are also available. The runway lengths are 5,703 ft. paved and 3,650 ft. dirt.

Hawthorne Industrial Airport

The Hawthorne Industrial Airport features a lighted 6,000 ft. runway.

Minden-Tahoe Airport
The Minden-Tahoe Airport is a 990-acre general aviation non-towered airport. Built in 1942 as a military training base, Douglas County acquired the Airport and has operated it as a municipal airport governed by Douglas County Board of County Commissioners. The Airport serves a broad base of aviation uses from corporate to recreational flying. It is home to approximately 250 aircraft with 80,000 annual operation. It is also home to the Minden Tanker Base and the Sierra Front Dispatch Agency with primary mission of dispatching tankers to fires in the Sierra Nevada region.

Reno-Stead Airport
Reno-Stead Airport s a general aviation airport located north of Reno. The physical facilities include two asphalt runways (7,600 ft. and 8,080 ft.) on 5,000 acres, lights, hangars and full services. Aviation Classics Limited is the fixed-based operator. In addition, the Nevada Army National Guard has an Aviation Support Facility at the airport, from which military training activities are conducted. Reno Stead Airport is home to the Reno National Championship Air Races every September.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) is located a short distance from the Carson City area. RTIA is the nation's 63rd busiest airport. Everyday at RTIA approximately 10,000 passengers arrive/depart, 15,000 commercial airline seats arrive/depart, 130 commercial airline arivals/departurs take place, and 280,000 pounds of cargo arriving/departing. There are three runways, the main runway is 11,000 ft, the crosswind runway is 6,100 ft. and a parallel runway that is 9,000 ft. U.S. Customs and Immigration Offices are located on the airport premises. RTIA is a landing rights airport and Port of Entry. Three fixed-based operators provide a full range of services for private aircraft. Three fixed-based operators provide a full range of services for private aircraft.

Silver Springs Airport

The Silver Springs Airport is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Carson City. This airport is a public facility serving the general aviation needs of northern Lyon County. The current gravel runway is 6,900 feet long and 150 feet wide. The potential for several on-airport, aviation related manufacturing operations are excellent.

Yerington Municipal Airport

The Yerington Municipal Airport is located approximately 70 miles southeast of Carson City. This airport also serves the general aviation needs of Lyon County. The airport has one runway 5,800 feet in length and 75 feet wide. There is also a 200-foot chevron on each end of the runway (total pavement is 6,200 foot) and a taxiway. The airport's an excellent facility for light- to medium-size business jets.

Return to TopRoad Closure Information

I-80 Winter Stats between Reno NV and Sacramento CA
Year Castle Peak
Snowfall Total
Number of
Snowfall Days
Total Days of
Chain Control
Total Hours of Chain Control
2015-16 451 inches 52 49 562 hrs 52 min
2014-15 148 inches (approx 28 inches after kv closed) 29 19 154 hrs 27 min
2013-14 211 inches 42 34 508 hrs
2012-13 263 inches 46 42 788 hrs 47 min
2011-12 335 inches 47 42 E/B - 410 hrs 43 min
W/B - 408 hrs 11 min
Year Number of Traffic Holds Westbound Number of Traffic Holds Westbound Under 30 Minutes # of Traffic Holds Westbound Over 30 Minutes Hours Traffic Was Held Westbound Number of Westbound Road Closures Hours Westbound Closed Due To Zero Visibility
2015-16 6 1 5 4 hrs 8 min 3 1 hr 4 min
2014-15 1 0 1 1 hr 50 min 0 0
2013-14 14 8 6 5 hrs 18 min 1 0
2012-13 17 8 9 10 hrs 32 min 2 0
2011-12 16 7 9 15 hrs 13 min 4 0
Year Number of Traffic Holds Westbound Number of Traffic Holds Westbound Under 30 Minutes # of Traffic Holds Westbound Over 30 Minutes Hours Traffic Was Held Westbound Number of Westbound Road Closures Hours Westbound Closed Due To Zero Visibility
2015-16 15 4 11 13 hrs 10 min 4 39 min
2014-15 5 2 3 8 hrs 28 min 1 0
2013-14 23 13 10 8 hrs 14 min 3 0
2012-13 15 8 7 7 hrs 49 min 1 0
2011-12 34 12 22 29 hrs 2 0

Source: California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

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