Ports to Plains Corridor
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The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) initiative has the potential to enhance mobility and economic development in rural Texas by providing new infrastructure capacity and options to existing and emerging industries.
In the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in West Texas, development of intermodal and conventional rail terminal facilities and improvement of rail interconnectivity could increase the productivity of several existing and emerging industries, including cotton and ethanol.
Electric transmission lines developed as TTC facilities could help offset transmission capacity constraints and efficiently move West Texas wind power to urban customers in Central and Eastern Texas.
In order to advance these and other opportunities – including highway development – in the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and other rural regions of Texas, the key stakeholders should work together to analyze opportunities, identify beneficiaries, and form partnerships to moved development forward.
The Ports-to-Plains Corridor extends for 1,390 miles from the U.S./Mexico border in Texas through portions of Oklahoma and New Mexico to Denver, Colorado. Within Texas, the Corridor spans more than 600 miles from Laredo to north of Amarillo. The Lubbock-based Ports-to-Plains Corridor Coalition (the Coalition) formally advocates for transportation and economic development in the Corridor and, since its formation nearly a decade ago, has obtained Federal and state funding for many transportation improvements, especially for expansion of existing highway routes from two to four lanes.
Texas Department of Transportation
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
New Mexico Highway and
Colorado Department of Transportation
Prepared By Wilbur Smith Associates Team
In June 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) was enacted and authorized highway, safety, transit and other surface transportation programs for the six-year period from 1998 to 2003.
TEA-21 builds upon the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), which was the previous federal legislation for surface transportation.
TEA-21 designated the Ports to Plains corridor as one of the 43 “High Priority Corridors” on the National Highway System (NHS). The Ports to Plains corridor is designated as Corridor 38 in TEA-21, which reads as follows: “The Ports to Plains Corridor from the Mexican border via I-27 to Denver, Colorado”. As with other High Priority Corridors, the importance of the Ports to Plains corridor is related to its direct connection with the US/Mexico border and potential to serve international trade and promote economic development.
Eldorado, Texas is located right on the intersections of Highways 190 and 277, just 10 miles North of major route, U.S.10.
Nearest populated town is San Angelo, Texas, some 60 miles due north of Eldorado. The Mormon ranch appears to be right in the path of the planned TTC superhighway system.
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