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Location & Transportation

With direct access to major highways, multi-class rail, commercial air and the Port of Houston, the Brazos Valley’s unique geography and connectivity enables an inland gateway to North America’s major consumer markets. Three of the nation’s ten largest cities are no more than three hours away on the road, and the booming state capital is close as well. Plus, our transportation options are only growing.

Location

The Brazos Valley is located at the center of the Texas Triangle. It is within 100 miles of both Houston and Austin, and less than 200 miles from Dallas and San Antonio. Through our roads, rails and runways, we have easy connectivity to the Greater Houston region, the Port of Houston and a global distribution network, along with about 80 percent of Texas's 28 million residents. We have access to an unparalleled transportation network and one-stop-shop international trade/logistics hub.
 

Highway Access

We have easy access to major interstate highways which run throughout several areas of Texas:
  • State Highway 6 runs north-south through the Brazos Valley, connecting with U.S. Highway 290 to the south and Interstate 35 to the north.
  • State Highway 21 runs east-west though the Brazos Valley, connecting with Interstate 35 to the west and Interstate 45 to the east.
  • U.S. Highway 290 runs east-west on the south side of the Brazos Valley, serving as a direct connection between Austin and Houston.
Plus, an upcoming expansion of State Highway 249 will run just south of College Station and serve as a direct connection into Northwest Houston. And the future expansion of the east-west Interstate 14 will bring it right through the heart of the Brazos Valley.

Railroad Access

Trains have been central to the history of the Brazos Valley, and remain a vital part of our region. We are served by the Union Pacific mainline, and several business sites with direct access are available. Texas Triangle Park is the Brazos Valley's regional industrial rail-served solution.
Those prime rail lines allow goods to make their way between, among other places, the Port of Houston. There, more than 240 million tons of cargo are moved annually. According to the port, it is regularly ranked number one in foreign waterborne tonnage, imports, export tonnage and breakbulk in the United States.
In addition to freight rail opportunities, the Brazos Valley could soon be the home of high-speed passenger rail. A private company, Texas Central, is working on plans for building a line that would get passengers from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes. The only stop along the proposed path would be a short drive from Bryan/College Station in our region's Grimes County in order to serve the Brazos Valley. If all approvals are given, the company says construction could begin in 2019.

Airports

The Brazos Valley is home to Easterwood Airport (CLL) located in College Station. It provides daily, non-stop service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Airlines and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston via United Airlines. Easterwood is equipped with a 7,000-foot runway and two 5,150 foot runways. An FAA control tower and radio communication are on site. It is operated by Texas A&M University. Private planes can also utilize the airport through Astin Aviation.
Whether you're flying there out of Easterwood, driving yourself or using a local shuttle service, the nearest international airports are in neighboring Houston. We are conveniently located less than 100 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), one of the nation's largest. According to the Houston Airports System, Bush offers flights from nearly 30 airlines to just shy of 200 non-stop destinations. Also in Houston is Hobby Airport (HOU), also offering national and international flights daily.
In addition to Easterwood, Coulter Field in Bryan is a public-use airport that serves private aircraft owners with a 4,000 foot runway, hanger space and charter flight services. It is owned by the City of Bryan.