The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million travelers in 2013, and ranks as the eighth busiest international passenger gateway in the U.S. The HAS serves 190 destinations — including nonstop service to approximately 121 domestic destinations and 69 direct and nonstop foreign destinations from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. William P. Hobby Airport serves more than 40 domestic destinations and is on track to become an international gateway in 2015. Ellington International Airport services the U.S. Armed Forces, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants. Other airports in the region include: Scholes at Galveston GLS Airport, Southeast Texas Regional BPT Airport in Beaumont and Sugar Land Regional Airport.
The region is home to a number of ports including the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. The Port of Houston is ranked first in the U.S. in foreign tonnage and is the largest container port in the Gulf Coast, handling 66 percent of Gulf coast container traffic in 2013. As one of the world’s busiest seaport areas, this trade hub is set for a booming future. The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015 which will allow larger ocean freighters to pass through its waterway is anticipated to increase the amount of cargo coming into Houston. Houston’s concentration of ocean carriers, heavy haulers, project forwarders, EPC and oil and refining companies are well positioned to accommodate future growth.
As one of the nation’s busiest rail centers, the Houston region has a rail network of more than 800 miles of rail line and 21 miles of railroad bridges. Additionally, 10 major rail companies serve the Houston region and 150 trucking lines connect the Port of Houston to the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Houston region has three Class I Railroads: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) and Union Pacific Railroad (UP). Combined, BNSF and UP operate more than 96 percent of the Class I track mileage in the state of Texas. The widespread coverage of BNSF and UP allows them to connect to most of the major markets, including Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland, and Los Angeles/Long Beach/San Diego. Houston also boasts a state-of-the-art rail transit system, with 30 miles of new LRT completed in 2014. Rail Served Properties
Houston is the crossroads for Interstate Highways 10 and 45. Other major highways serving Houston are Interstate 610, U.S. 59, U.S. 90, U.S. 290, Texas 99, Texas 146, Texas 225, Texas 249, Texas 288, Hardy Toll Road, Westpark Tollway and Beltway 8. The Houston MSA contains 4,206.41 lane miles of freeway and expressways. Houston’s highway system utilizes 118.42 miles of barrier-separated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and 28 Park & Ride lots with access to Metro’s direct bus service to major employment centers and van/car pools.