Well-Connected to the World by Land, Sea and Air
Located just 17 miles east of Manhattan, Nassau County, NY is positioned at the midpoint of the Northeast Corridor, halfway between Washington, D.C. and Boston. New York City is less than 30 minutes away via the Long Island Railroad, the largest commuter railroad in the U.S., and two international airports are located within minutes of Nassau County. Whether the destination is the Eastern Seaboard or the Eastern Hemisphere, Nassau County’s comprehensive infrastructure of airports, ports, rail and road connect businesses with the world.
Within minutes of Nassau County lie New York’s JFK International Airport and LaGuardia International Airport, which move more than 70 million people and 1 million tons of goods annually. Nassau County’s strategic location next to two of the busiest international airports offers businesses a logistical advantage that’s hard to beat.
In addition to the two major airports, Islip Long Island MacArthur, a public airport located nearby, offers options for commercial flights and hosts a thriving general aviation sector. Republic Airport, known as “Long Island’s Executive Airport,” is just one of nearly a dozen private airports on Long Island that cater to executive travelers.
Nassau County is just 25 miles from The Port of New York and New Jersey, the third largest port in the U.S. and the largest seaport on the East Coast. In 2010, the port handled more than 32 million metric tons of cargo, a number that is expected to double by 2020. With the ability to handle every type of available cargo and a location in the middle of the nation’s largest and most concentrated consumer market, The Port of New York and New Jersey is a prime asset for businesses with significant shipping or logistical operations.
Rail & Road
Nassau County’s Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is the largest commuter railroad in the U.S., carrying nearly 300,000 passengers daily to 124 stations on 381 miles of track.
LIRR provides service to all of Nassau County, with 11 branch lines operating services to western destinations of Penn Station in Manhattan, Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Jamaica and Hunters Point/Long Island City in Queens, as well as service to eastern destinations on Long Island. Links to New York City’s subway system and the AirTrain to JFK International Airport are available at Jamaica Station in Queens. The LIRR is also completing work on its East Side Access Project, which will add a new hub in Grand Central Terminal and provide direct access from Long Island to Manhattan’s East Side by 2015.
Nassau County’s highway system includes eight major east-west roadways that provide direct service throughout Nassau County and into New York City. Interstate 495 (I-495) connects Nassau County with New York City via the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and with I-95 through I-295 in Queens. In addition to I-95, I-78 and I-87 pass through the Greater New York Metropolitan Area, with auxiliary interstate highways providing connections near surrounding areas of Nassau County.