Transportation is the Key to Growth
In the early years of the Port Arthur Chamber, port activity was the prime agenda item. Still today, the Port of Port Arthur plays the key role in the well being of the community. Combined with rail, truck and air delivery, transportation is a strong link in the industrial network serving our area.
Connecting Port Arthur to the world, the deepwater seaport of Port of Port Arthur brings rail, road and water to one place. Located on the deepwater Sabine-Neches Waterway, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is only 19 miles (two hours) from the sea. The Port of Port Arthur is a cost effective, efficient method to move goods to market. The port has five docks, a 75-ton gantry crane for bulk and containerized cargo, direct rail service, large truck apron, expansive 170 car rail capacity, and 3,500 feet of harbor frontage.
The port's professionally designed and constructed terminals make it one of the premier break bulk and multimodal transfer facilities in North America. With 600,000 square feet of transit shed space, ample rail and truck access speeds goods to market.
Some of the outstanding design features incorporated in these facilities include extra-wide and high hangar-type doors; interior and exterior lighting; sealed floors; and enclosed rail and truck loading and uploading apron. With a 90-foot-wide dockside apron with multiple rail tracks capable of handling 170 railcars, and an 87-foot setback to accommodate fixed-stern vessels, the port can handle break bulk, neo-bulk, containerized and roll-on/roll-off cargos.
The port is connected to the KCS Railroad and is open to reciprocal switching with Union Pacific Railroad, providing direct intermodal service to and from major markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The port is also served by major truck-loading carriers, providing transportation with convenient access to interstate highways.
The Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads serve the port and the City of Port Arthur. Besides meeting the port's cargo needs, the companies mainly serve the petroleum and chemical plants with pickup and delivery.
The Port of Port Arthur is lead by an elected commission and professionally managed. Quality driven and service focused, the Port of Port Arthur is open for business.
Southeast Texas Regional Airport is conveniently located on Port Arthur's northwest boundary adjacent to the growing business district. The airport provides frequent and convenient air access to the leading regional and national markets through connections at Houston Intercontinental Airport (George Bush Intercontinental). A general aviation terminal is also provided for corporate and leisure aircraft.
Interstate 10 is only 20 minutes from Port Arthur and is the major interstate serving the southeastern and lower southwestern regions of the country.
U.S. highways 69, 96 and 287; and Texas highways 73 and 87 provide ready access to all points north, east and west.