Coastal Texas' Easy Accessibility Comes From Multiple Transportation Options

With its superior road, water, rail and air assets, Coastal Texas makes it easy for businesses to move their goods and for residents to get around.

By
Karen Schwartzman
On Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:14

With its superior road, water, rail and air assets, Coastal Texas makes it easy for businesses to move their goods and for residents to get around.

Port Corpus Christi was the nation's fifth-busiest port in 2010. The region's close proximity to the Mexico border and its strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico give it significant transportation advantages. Interstate 37 starts in Corpus Christi and connects to I-10 and I-35, and several major highways connect the region to Mexico border crossings at Laredo and Brownsville. Plans for major highway improvements are in the works to accommodate the increased traffic from freight expansion, including an interstate-level highway that would run between Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley. Ultimately, that portion of the interstate corridor, known as the NAFTA Highway, will run from the Mexico border through Texas all the way to Canada.

The region is served by three Class 1 rail carriers: Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, as well as Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad, a short-line carrier with 30 miles of track that serves the port.   The region's commercial air needs are served by Corpus Christi International Airport. The airport, which handled more than 355,000 passengers in 2010, is served by Southwest, American Eagle and Continental Express airlines, and continues to expand.   The airport recently completed construction of a new airfield and maintanence facility and is beginning work on a new ground shipping facility, expected to be open in early 2012.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A writer, sky diver, book lover and bungy jumper, Karen Schwartzman is a content coordinator by day and trivia fanatic by night.