The District’s location 45-minutes north of Houston provides businesses with easy access to major transportation routes, along with access to major international airports and one of the largest ports in the world. The regional airport in Conroe has just extended its runway to 8,000 feet and has added Customs facilities for international arrivals.
Businesses in the District benefit from access to I-45 - a major transportation route that runs from Dallas to Port Houston. I-45 connects with I-69 and US 75 - a transportation route that extends all the way to Canada.
BNSF Railway & Union Pacific Railroad
Two of the world’s largest rail companies provide reliable transportation options for businesses in the region.
BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world. BNSF moves those goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel, with fewer emissions than the all-highway alternative.
The Union Pacific Railroad system is the 2nd largest in the United States after BNSF and is one of the world's largest transportation companies. It operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago and New Orleans.
Port of Houston
The Port of Houston is one of the largest ports in the world. Close proximity to the Port is a strategic advantage for businesses located within the District. By hopping on I-45, businesses can reach the Port in under an hour and use it to transport finished products throughout the world.
Port Houston Rankings
- No. 1 U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage
- No. 1 port in the U.S. Gulf Coast by TEU throughput
- Home to largest petrochemical complex in the U.S. (2nd largest in world)
Port Houston Economic Impact
- 2.1 million jobs
- Nearly $500 billion in economic activity
- $51 billion in tax revenue nationwide
- 1 million + jobs
- $178.5 billion statewide economic impact
- $56.5 billion in personal income and consumption expenditures
- $4.5 billion in state and local tax revenue
Businesses located within the District benefit from access to the regional airport in Conroe. The Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport is a public-use airport owned by Montgomery County. They have just extended their runway to 8,000 feet and have added Customs facilities for international arrivals.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Our region's largest airport, George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), joined the Houston Airport System in June 1969.
Bush Intercontinental is located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North).
The airport is operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation. The Houston Airport System functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base for airport operations, maintenance or capital improvements.
- More than 11,000 acres
- IAH currently ranks 5th in the United States among U.S. airports with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service (approximately 200 destinations)
- More than 43 million passengers traveled through IAH in 2018 and more than 58 million passengers traveled through IAH and William P. Hobby (HOU)
- More than 650 daily departures occur at IAH
- With nearly 30 destinations in Mexico, IAH offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other US airport
- 11th busiest airport in the U.S. for total passenger traffic
- 25 passenger airlines [more info]
- 5 passenger terminals [more info]
- Terminal E for international travelers [more info]
- 13 all-cargo airlines at IAH handled more than 419,205 metric tons of cargo in 2014
- Serves as the largest hub for United Airlines with more than 650 daily departures
- Terminal Link above ground inter-terminal passenger train to all terminals
- Underground inter-terminal passenger train to all terminals and the airport hotel
- $440 million, 784,000 sq. foot Terminal E and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) with 84 primary inspection booths that can process more than 4,500 passengers per hour
- Free shuttle to and from ecopark, the official on-airport value lot
- Marriott Hotel on the airport
- More than 880,000 sq. ft. of cargo area to handle up to 419,000 tons
- More than 24,500 parking spaces
- Ground transportation services to downtown Houston
- Two fixed-base operators on the airport
- Consolidated car rental facility