Madison and Morgan Counties
Madison and Morgan counties link easily to other parts of Alabama and to neighboring Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia via major highways. Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee, is only 100 miles to the north, on Interstate 65, and Atlanta is 185 miles to the southeast, on U.S. Highway 72 and I-75.
For those flying, there are four major airports within 200 or so miles — two in Alabama and two in Tennessee — with numerous air carriers.
Both counties have public transportation, and the area is also served by a Greyhound Bus Station.
Huntsville International Airport — Carl T. Jones Field
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35824
Huntsville International Airport is about 11 miles from Redstone Arsenal and is the largest commercial airport in northern Alabama, serving more than 1.2 million passengers annually. It provides nonstop service to Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Denver; and Washington, D.C. The airport’s major passenger carriers include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, limo and rental car service. Rental car counters and other ground transportation options are on the first floor in the baggage claim area. The airport is served by six rental car companies.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is about 78 miles from Redstone Arsenal, serving just under 2.7 million passengers annually. The airport is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, limo and rental car services on the ground level of the parking deck. There are nine rental car companies.
Nashville International Airport
One Terminal Drive, Suite 501
Nashville, TN 37214 615-275-1675
Nashville International Airport is 121 miles from Redstone Arsenal. Serving more than 11.6 mil-lion passengers annually, Nashville International is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. It is served by Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United, Alaska Airlines, Contour Airlines, JetBlue and WestJet.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, limo and rental car services. The airport is served by 10 rental car companies.
Memphis International Airport
2491 Winchester Road, No. 113
Memphis, TN 38116 901-922-8000
Memphis International Airport is 190 miles from Redstone Arsenal. Major airlines include American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United, Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, limo and rental car services. The airport is served by nine rental car companies. To get to the Ground Transportation Center, where rental car services are located, start in Terminal B and go one level below baggage claim to the lowest level, using an escalator or elevator. Follow signs that read Economy Parking/Rental Cars.
Morgan County Area Transportation System
401 Second Ave. SE
Decatur, AL 35601 256-351-4650
The Morgan County Area Transportation System provides service within the Decatur city limits. MCATS requires a 24-hour notice to schedule a ride and operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. No rides will be scheduled after 2 p.m. for the next day. MCATS operates 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. MCATS accommodates riders with wheelchairs as well as those with other disabilities.
For more information on fares and service area, visit the MCATS website. To schedule a ride call 256-351-4650.
Huntsville Shuttle Bus System
500B Church St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-427-6811
Huntsville’s shuttle bus system provides service on nine routes within Huntsville from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; a free downtown route from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday connects city attractions, motels and restaurants. Guides on Saturday Breakfast Trolley Tours revisit city history with runs from Alabama Constitution Village through downtown Huntsville and the Twickenham Historic District. The system also serves handicapped passengers.
For more information about fares and scheduling, visit the website.
Driving and Commuting
Madison and Morgan counties are traversed by two U.S. highways and various state routes.
Interstate 565 is a 22-mile interstate spur that connects I-65 in Decatur with U.S. Route 72 in Huntsville. I-565 serves the cities of Decatur, Madison and Huntsville and also provides the route to Redstone Arsenal as well as Huntsville International Airport.
Within Madison County, U.S. 231 pairs with unsigned State Route 53 from Huntsville to the southeastern corner of Alabama and pairs with U.S. 431 north to Tennessee.
Within Morgan County, I-65 meanders across 367 miles of the Alabama countryside joining six of the state’s 10 largest cities. The highway links many important roadways that make commerce inside and outside the state’s boundaries possible. It starts at Interstate 10 near Mobile. The route passes through the major cities of Montgomery, Birmingham and Decatur before crossing into Tennessee near the town of Ardmore.
Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36110 334-353-6554
State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
PO Box 1471
Montgomery AL 36102 334-353-1470
Huntsville, AL 35808 256-539-0681
8:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday
1115-A Church St.
Huntsville, AL 35801 256-539-0682
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Morgan County Courthouse
402 Lee St.
Decatur, AL 35601 256-351-4665
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Alabama Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find general information at www.dps.alabama.gov.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Alabama from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state. They are not required to obtain an Alabama driver’s license while stationed in Alabama, even if their assignment in Alabama may be of long duration.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Alabama Driver Manual, which can be downloaded at www.alea.gov/Documents/Manuals/DriverLicenseManual.pdf.
Except for novice drivers, Alabama does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, because localities are allowed to enact their own cellphone laws, making or receiving calls without a hands-free device may be illegal in some towns. Texting while driving is prohibited in Alabama.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at https://revenue.alabama.gov/forms, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
Alabama Department of Transportation
Visit the Alabama Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.