Auto Transport to Kansas
Though the state of Kansas currently ranks 15th in the U.S. in total area, it ranks just 33rd in total population and 40th in population density among the fifty states – it’s a large state with relatively few major metropolitan areas and large areas of rural and sparsely populated regions, and the data indicates just that. Though the state of Kansas has high economic outputs in areas such as grain and livestock, as well as industrial outputs such as private aircraft and food processing, and is vital to the United States’ ability to feed its people and its livestock, the state is not the most popular in terms of logistics. Moving freight into and out of Kansas, at least in the auto transport industry, is rather expensive, as there are not a lot of major interstates that go through Kansas – though the interstates that do run through Kansas also pass through its few metro areas, which does help keep prices a bit lower.
The main east-west interstate through Kansas is I-70, which services much of the northern parts of the state. It enters from the east, passing through Kansas City, and heads west through Topeka before passing through rural farm areas for much of the rest of the trip through Kansas. After Topeka, the next major metropolitan area that I-70 hits is Denver, a good 600 miles away from Kansas City. This is a long route for shippers of vehicles, as it’s at least a full day’s drive – carriers average anywhere from 350-450 miles in a day. This makes transport along I-70, at least through western Kansas, more expensive, as shippers will have to make up for that lost time, essentially. Shippers may be more inclined to go to Kansas City from the western states, as once they get to Kansas City they can easily find fresh freight going to other parts of the country – Kansas City, even on the Kansas side, is a major transportation hub with several interstates that link to I-70 and provide access to new places, new customers and more money.
The state of Kansas does not have a north-south interstate that runs through it, at least not in the traditional sense; I-35 is technically a north-south interstate and does run through Kansas, but it enters from the south, specifically from Oklahoma City, and heads north into Wichita before turning northeast near Emporia and into Kansas City. I-35 runs all the way north to Duluth, Minnesota, and is fairly traveled by auto shippers as it services many major metro areas of the Midwest. But like I-70, I-35 – particularly north of Kansas City – is relatively sparse, with the only major cities along the way being Des Moines and Minneapolis (that is, north of Kansas City; I-35 also runs south through Oklahoma City and into Dallas, providing several major cities along the route south of Kansas City as well). Any time you’re transporting through the Midwest you’re going to see slightly higher prices on average due to the fact that most major cities are far apart, requiring a full day of driving at the least, to get from one to the next. For more information about the state of Kansas, visit their official website here.
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