Transportation & Infrastructure

The Madison Region has a well-developed and diverse transportation network for moving products and people.

And because great businesses and quality of life depend on great services, the eight-county region has the resources you need for your business and your home.

Diverse Transportation Network

The rich history of the dairy industry has provided fantastic roads throughout our eight counties, while air, rail, and the interstate highway system connect us with markets near and far. Four major interstates across the region connect us with major Midwestern markets, and several bus lines provide daily service to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

Easy Air Access to Many Markets

The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) offers more than 100 flights daily on major airlines flying directly to major U.S. cities or airport hubs.

The airport currently offers 14 non-stop routes for easy access to major markets:

  • Atlanta – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Charlotte – Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago – O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver – Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit – Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
  • Las Vegas – McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Minneapolis – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • Newark – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando – Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Salt Lake City – Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Coming in June 2018: San Francisco – San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Washington DC – Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Parking at Dane County Regional Airport is convenient, with more than 4,600 covered spots available in close proximity to the terminal. Another 1,600 spaces are available in the surface and economy parking lots.

An additional 16 small airports service the region at the county or municipal level.

Regional Rail Access

Five freight rail lines operate in the region, while Amtrak stops in Columbus, Portage, and the Wisconsin Dells. The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) is based in the City of Madison and operates all the local freight rail lines serving the Madison Region. WSOR connections to intercontinental freight lines take place in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Wisconsin Infrastructure at Its Finest

The Madison Region has a rapidly expanding broadband telecommunications network, as well as access to clean, abundant water and dependable, affordable gas and electric services. The eight counties are home to a thriving, competitive telecommunications industry with a wide range of choices for traditional and non-traditional services and a host of providers across the region. The Madison Region’s access to clean water not only reflects its location near the largest freshwater resource in the world — the Great Lakes — but also the cooperative efforts of water systems, water trade associations, and individual operators.


There are five major gas and electric utility providers in the region:

Transportation Map