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Transportation & Logistic Advantages
Interstate connectivity is a key benefit of a South St. Paul location, as the City offers three interchanges with I-494 as well as three interchanges with U.S. Highway 52. Essentially the entire Twin Cities metro is reachable well within a half hour of South St. Paul (see map to the right), and one-day hauls originating in South St. Paul are possible to major cities and ports including Chicago, Duluth, Omaha, Kansas City, and Milwaukee.
Air Travel & Aviation
Businesses located in South St. Paul can reach Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in under twenty minutes, providing daily, direct flights to 155 markets across the globe.
Less than 10 minutes north of South St. Paul, St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP), also known as Holman Field, serves as a reliever airport to MSP. STP provides 3 runways, with Runway 14-32 measuring over 6,400 feet long and 150 feet wide. STP sees over 64,000 takeoffs and landings annually and has become the metro’s primary facility for private business aviation.
South St. Paul’s Municipal Airport, Fleming Field (KSGS), provides a single 4,000-foot by 100-foot runway for general aviation as well as land and building lease opportunities for aviation-related businesses. The terminal building at Fleming Field also offers free wi-fi, private meeting spaces, full-service flight planning room, and a convenient and comfortable observation room.
Union Pacific (UP) owns and operates a Class I railroad traversing the City from north-south through the BridgePoint business park and paralleling Concord Street (TH 156) to the east along the Mississippi River. To the South, this UP mainline continues all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, while to the north the line connects to BNSF and CP lines in downtown St. Paul to provide access to rail service throughout North America. UP also operates a switch yard and office within South St. Paul.
Mississippi River Commerce
South St. Paul’s immediate neighbor to the north is the Southport Terminal, a 119-acre river port owned and managed by the St. Paul Port Authority. Southport serves as a heavy industrial district that relies on access to the river for freight shipment, and its influence on the character of the river as a “working river” in South St. Paul is significant.
Public Transportation service in South St. Paul is provided by the Metropolitan Council’s Metro Transit Service. Routes 68 and 71 provide regular service between Inver Hills Community College, Downtown St. Paul, and St. Paul’s northern suburbs.