both coasts, Dallas has always been a major hub for transcontinental
traffic. More recently, NAFTA confirmed the city's strategic placement
as labor and products flow between Canada and Mexico. As demand
continues to increase, so have ideas for meeting it reliably and
affordably. See below to find out why millions of people and parcels
make their way through Dallas every year.
in Dallas Served
by a vast air and land transportation infrastructure, getting from Dallas
to anywhere in the world is easy and cost efficient. Ninety six percent
of the U.S. population can be reached from Dallas within 48 hours by truck
or rail and within four hours by air. Dallas in the geographic center of
North America's, placing travelers, suppliers, and products within four
hours of North America's major business centers: Los Angeles, Mexico City,
New York, and Toronto.
interstate highways (Interstates 20, 30, 35, and 45), two major loops
and a number of state highways serve Dallas. There are 48 lanes on seven
radial expressways focused on Downtown Dallas.
Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers an extensive bus system, light
rail and a commuter train, providing convenient, safe and comfortable
transportation throughout Dallas and outlying suburban areas.
Occupancy Vehicle lanes expedite travel for buses, carpools and vanpools
only during rush hour.
Worth International Airport With a central North American location that puts travelers and cargo
within three hours of the east and west coasts, and within four hours
of any major city on the North American continent, Dallas/Fort Worth International
Airport (DFW) is a catalyst for the entire economy of Dallas. The airport
is a $10.8 billion asset to the greater metropolitan area, and it also
supports 204,000 jobs.
DFW is the second
busiest airport in the world with 2,500 daily flights, and experts predict
it will soon become the world's busiest airport. DFW facilitates the travel
of millions of convention delegates, tourists and a steadily increasing
number of international visitors. The number of international passengers
has increased 67 percent in the past five years, and 5.7 percent in 1997
alone, reflecting DFW's growing popularity as a world-class international
When expansion plans
are complete, DFW will have a total of eight runways, a new terminal and
an expanded infrastructure of roadways and taxiways which will enable
the airport to support nearly 4,000 flights a day. Below is a current
list of airlines operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport:
DFW is one of the
most convenient airports to be found anywhere, and offers many unique
with multi-lingual, easy-to-understand language.
to nearly 200 destinations worldwide.
Agents fluent in 21 languages.
Premier cargo facilities
with the lowest cost distribution in the U.S.
systems that provide shippers with access to six intersecting interstate
highways, five major rail carriers and more than 500 motor carriers.
A 2,500-acre foreign
trade zone (FTZ) with airfield, rail and truck access and a U.S.
Customs Service district headquarters. DFW holds the primary FTZ
grant for all of North Texas.
An automated Airport
Train provides transportation throughout the airport.
Entry port of designation
for Fish and Wildlife. U.S. Customs District Headquarters.
terminals provide Customs and Immigration facilities for international
When it comes to cargo
handling, DFW International Airport is the largest inland port in the
nation. Its unique advantages - central location, comparatively low cost
of doing business and ease of access to U.S. and world markets - appeal
to shippers and freight forwarders. During 1997, cargo activity (including
freight and mail) increased 4.7 percent to 894,000 U.S. tons (811,000
metric tons), and international cargo increased by 20.1 percent, far ahead
of other major U.S. airports. Currently, two separate cargo areas serve
the airport, but construction has begun on a new 205,000-square-foot International
Air Cargo Centre, which will add to DFW's existing 2.1 million square
feet of cargo facilities.
Field Airport Dallas
Love Field is a city-owned airfield dedicated to short-distance/commuter
flights. It is currently undergoing renovation in the form of a new parking
garage. The airport is home to four major airlines:
Heliport The Dallas
Heliport is a city owned facility that accomodates three helicopters
and two tilt rotor aircraft at the same time. This large (170,000 square
foot) port has several rooms for pilots and passengers to rest, wait,
and work. It is open 7 days a week, from 7am to 10pm.
Additional facts about
the Dallas Heliport:
lat - 32"46' 24.00* N; long - 96"48' 01.00*W
Call Sign: Dallas
Parking for vehicles:
From the steam engine
to modern commuter trains operating at 200 miles an hour, the rail system
of the United States is a major transportation force. There were over
one trillion tons of cargo moved through the country, according to the
Association of American
Railroads. If you are interested in Texas' rail industry, the Texas
Railroad Commissioner's Office maintains a list
of rail carriers operating in Texas, and has several contacts in their
who can furnish more information on how rail might be the solution to
your transportation needs.
and Waterways The major
port for the state of Texas is found in Houston. The Port of Houston is
located near the Gulf of Mexico, and is dock for both public and private
cargo ships. It is the premier port for the entire nation, with close
to 7,000 ships moving through every year. According to their website,
Houston's port moved 175 million tons of cargo last year, giving it the
distinction of being the country's second (and the world's eight) largest
port in terms of total tonnage.
The largest regional
port is the Port of Shreveport-Bossier.
This inland port serves Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas via a 2,000 acre
center, which supports truck, barge, and rail cargo.
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit With around 100 million passengers per year, DART provides mass transit
for virtually all of Dallas county. Since DART is funded by a percentage
of the sales tax, it is one example of how successful public/private partnerships
can be in Dallas. What started with bus service has become a complete
and modern system
of bus, light rail, and commuter rail lines. There are also specialty
services for the disabled and employees of large companies.
Every city tries to
find ways to make driving easier; Dallas is no exception. That's why it
regularly holds traffic
counts, designed to give planners and drivers information on the city's
traffic problems. The data are also used to analyze planning strategies.
Dallas also plays a role in determining the greater region's driving needs.
Through cooperation with the city of Fort Worth and the Texas
Department of Transportation, Dallas is creating an intelligent
transportation system for North Texas.
Visit sites for
upcoming projects for Dallas drivers: Project
Pegasus - Transforming the I-30/I-35 mixmaster and canyon areas
near downtown Dallas. The
Southern Gateway - developing solutions to improve safety and traffic
conditions in the I-35/US 67 area. The
High Five Project - a construction plan for the I-635 and Central
The trucking industry
in Texas is alive and well, thanks to NAFTA and Interstate 35. The Texas
Motor Transportation Association is an active force in policymaking, education
and training, and public service for people involved in the motor transport
industry. Their well-organized website
will provide extensive information for those interested in all aspects
There are three
types of motor carriers in Texas: common, specialized and contract.
These carriers are regulated by the Texas
Railroad Commission. Please contact them for information on certificates,
registration and permit requirements.
If you need additional
resources, the Texas Department
of Transportation offers a FAQ
page dedicated to motor carriers operating in Texas, nationally, and
you're looking for size and weight limits, they can be found here.
in the Development Process
Locate and price
the nearest freight and parcel carriers. Make sure that their services,
especially if you need them often, are easily accessible.
Consider the availability
and extent of transportation services close to your proposed location.
Airports, highways, public transportation, ports, and trains are all
essential to moving people and products to and from your site.