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Union County is directly served by Interstate 84 connecting Portland and Salt Lake City and all points north, east, south and west.  La Grande’s highway connectivity provides fast, efficient and competitively priced shipping connection to suppliers and markets.

Highway Miles from La Grande

Destination Hwy. Miles
Seattle 333
Spokane 250
Pasco (Tri-Cities 120
Portland 261
Bend 292
Boise 175
Lewiston 186
Reno 540
Salt Lake City 507
Redding 568

Within Union County, the communities are connected by highways maintained by the State of Oregon Department of Transportation, providing safe and efficient connection to Interstate 84 for businesses located in any of the communities.

Motor Freight

With easy access to Interstate 84, Union County has competitively price motor freight services to any place in North America.  Locally based carriers include:

Interstate 84 provides businesses in Union County with access to back haul services to most destinations at competitive rates.

Bowman’s Trucking 800.722.4465
Connie’s, Inc. 541.963.7114
Mitrac Construction, Inc. 541.963.4324
Mountain West 800.426.9650
USS Reddaway 541.963.7225
FedEx Freight 541.66.9215


United Parcel Service [UPS]
3002 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, OR 97850

Federal Express [FedEx] 

Copy Club [Authorized ShipCenter]
1214 Adams Ave
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Phone: (541) 963-9043

FedEx Freight

59941 Eastern Oregon Crt.
La Grande, OR 97850

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Union Pacific Railroad 

Union County has rail service with the Union Pacific Railroad. The rail line La Grande links Salt Lake City with Portland, Seattle, and Spokane.

Idaho Northern & Pacific

Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad (INPR) leases from Union Pacific Railroad the short line that runs from La Grande to Elgin. The INPR serves the two Boise Cascade Mills in Elgin, the PGG Alicel grain storage/ shipping facility, the Boise Particle board Plant located 1.5 miles East of Island City and other businesses located on the short line. In 1999 INPR filed to abandon the segment of the short line connecting Elgin with the City of Joseph in Wallowa County. This portion of the line was purchased in 2003 by Wallowa County and Union County and operates on the Wallowa- Union Railroad Authority.

Wallowa Union Rail Authority 

The railroad is owned by Wallowa Union Railroad (WURR), a partnership of Wallowa County and Union County.  The Railroad operates between Elgin and Joseph.  The WURR offers freight service connecting to Union Pacific Railroad in La Grande and operates the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. The WURR contracts with the Sierra Nevada & Pacific Rail to operate and maintain the rail line.

Elgin Multimodal Station

The Wallowa Union Railroad’s Multimodal Transportation Hub located in the City of Elgin has been funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Dept. of Transportation’s ConnectOregon program. The project includes right of way and land acquisition of approximately 7 acres in downtown Elgin, a public transit bus garage, bike racks, a park & ride lot, a passenger loading rail siding; and the construction of a Railroad Depot building that provides areas for passenger services, railroad administrative offices and public restrooms. Completion is scheduled for August 2012.


Commercial Aviation 

Union County has a number of commercial aviation airports within a half-day drive of La Grande.

Boise Airport, Boise, ID [BOI]  2.5 hours via I-84
Served by Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United Airlines, US Airways

Portland International Airport, Portland, OR [PDX]  4.5 hours
Served by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue, SeaPort Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America

Tri-Cities Airport, Pasco, WA [PSC]  2.0 hours
Served by Delta, Horizon Air, United & Allegiant

Walla Walla Regional Airport, Walla Walla, WA [ALW] 1.5 hours
Served by Horizon Air with service to/from Seattle International Airport [SEA]

Pendleton Airport, Pendleton, OR [PDT]  0.45 hour
Served by SeaPortAir with service to/from Portland [PDX]

Air Miles From LaGrande/Union County Airport

City Miles Kilometers
Boise, ID 150 242
Lewiston,ID 91 146
Pendleton, OR 43 69
Portland,OR 222 258
Seattle, WA 258 415
Spokane, WA 165 266
Tri-Cities (Pasco), WA 81 131
Walla Walla, WA 53 85
(Straight line distances)

General Aviation

La Grande Union County Airport, La Grande, OR [KLGD]
Open 7 days a week

Call-Out services 

  • Fuel – Jet A & 100LL with full service fueling
  • Overnight hangar space
  • No landing or tie-down fees
  • Pilots lounge with Internet
  • Courtesy cars

Runway 12/30:  5600ft. x 100ft./1707m. x 30m.
Runway 16/34:  3876ft. x 60ft./1181m. x 18m.

Additional operational and navigation information can be found here.

Contact:  La Grande Union County Airport
60175 Pierce Road
La Grande, OR 97850
541.963.6615 (Phone)
541.963.9098 (Facsimile)

Port Facilities

Port of Umatilla 

The Port of Umatilla is located in Umatilla, OR on the Columbia River.  The Port is about 95 miles from La Grande, a drive of 1.5 hour on Interstate 84/Interstate 82.  The Port can handle container and bulk goods transport by barge to the Port of Portland.  The Port is served by Union Pacific Railroad.

Port of Morrow

The Port of Morrow is located in Boardman, OR on the Columbia River. The Port is about 95 miles from the City of La Grande, a drive of 1.5 hour on Interstate 84.  The Port can handle container and bulk goods transport by barge to the Port of Portland.  The Port is served by Union Pacific Railroad.

Port of Portland 

The Port of Portland is located on the Columbia River and is 270 miles 5.0 hours from La Grande via I84/I5.  The Port is home to a number of international maritime shipping companies.  Union Pacific Railroad service the Port.


Greyhound Bus
Greyhound Bus serves the La Grande area via Interstate 84.  For information on Greyhound’s services and routes:
2204 East Penn Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850


Northeast Oregon Public Transit

NEO Transit provides regularly scheduled  bus service in the cities of La Grande and Island City. Service is also provided between La Grande and Baker City with stops in North Powder and Haines.

NE Oregon Public Transit
2204 East Penn Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
541.963.2877 (Phone)
541.624.2204 (Facsimile)