Missouri's transportation assets in rail, water, interstate highways, and airports combined with the state's strategic location provide great opportunities for Missouri to become the freight center of the nation. Missouri's strategic location is within 500 miles of:
- 43 percent of the U.S. population.
- 44 percent of all U.S. manufacturing plants.
- 7 of the 25 top international cargo hubs in the U.S
MoDOT's Freight Enhancement Program is focused on improving and maintaining the high priority freight assets and corridors that are critical to the movement of freight into, out of, within, and through Missouri. This program is based on partnerships with freight stakeholders and public officials to identify the greatest freight movement needs and remove barriers to efficient movement of goods through capital improvements to the system. Since SFY 2014, 23 projects totaling over $7.3 million have been funded through the program.