Trade lanes are used for superluminal travel within a system. Trade lanes must be entered from their origin point, usually located near key industrial, military, or civilian bases.
The first trade lane was established through a joint venture between the corporations now known as Deep Space Engineering and Ageira Technologies in the year 280 A.S.. By 350 A.S., most of Liberty space was crisscrossed by trade lanes. Through financing from Interspace Commerce, the trade lane network was rapidly extended into the other colonies, helping to create a truly sector-wide economy. Trade lanes are the fastest and safest method of transporting goods and personnel within and between the colonies. Plans to expand the trade lanes to connect interests in the independent territories outside of the colonies are pending.