Infrastructure in Texas

Multimodal Access to the World

Reach all major domestic and international markets from Texas by land, sea and air.

“No state handles more of America’s cargo than Texas,” according to CNBC’s data analysis. “In fact, no state comes close.” Texas’ central location, ports, and investment in road, rail and air networks has put it above all other states when it comes to the movement of people and goods. The state’s infrastructure has led to it being the nation’s top exporter for 18 consecutive years; having more miles of public roads and freight rail than any other state, at 313,220 miles and 10,539 miles, respectively; and boasting the nation’s No. 1 airport for number of domestic destinations.

Rankings

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#1 Exporting State for 18 Years Straight

U.S. Census Bureau 2019
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#1 Tech Exporting State for 7 Years Straight

U.S. Census Bureau 2019
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Multiple cargo ships dock at the Port of Brownsville in Texas.
An aerial shot of a long bridge leading into downtown Fort Worth in Texas.
  • Airports
  • Global Ports
  • Transportation
Airports
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World Class Airports for Fast Connection to Major Markets

In Texas, 380 airports, including 26 commercial airports, make up the second-largest state airport system in the United States.

The state’s two largest airports, Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston (IAH) are major domestic and international hubs. DFW was ranked the 2019 Global Airport of the Year by Air Transport World, has more domestic destinations than any other U.S. airport and is the world’s largest carbon-neutral airport. Texas’ two intermodal facilities, Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport and San Antonio’s Port San Antonio, integrate high-capacity industrial airports, Class I rail terminals and direct interstate highway access.

Global Ports
Multiple cargo ships dock at the Port of Brownsville in Texas.

16 Seaports and 33 FTZs Open Easy Access to the World

Texas’ seaports and Foreign Trade Zones are among those handling some of the nation’s top amounts of cargo.

With 16 seaports, including 11 deep water ports with channels at least 30 feet deep, Texas ranks as the top U.S. state for manufacturing exports and shipment value. Thirty-three (33) Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) allow the flow of goods without formal customs entry, import quotas or most other restrictions. The largest Gulf Coast container port, the Port of Houston, has led the nation in waterborne foreign trade for 19 consecutive years. The Port of Corpus Christi, the Port of Brownsville and the Port of Port Arthur also consistently rank in the top ten in the United States.

Transportation
An aerial shot of a long bridge leading into downtown Fort Worth in Texas.

Dynamic Transportation Network

Texas has more miles of public roads and freight rail than any other state. And the state’s transportation network just keeps getting stronger.

Governor Abbott made transportation funding a major priority during his first legislative session and later the state began dedicating a portion of state sales tax to improving transportation, which, combined with ending diversions from the State Highway Fund, allowed transportation funding to increase by as much as $4.5 billion per year without raising taxes, fees, tolls or debt.

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