Transportation

Airports

County Airports

Need to come in on business? Don’t want to deal with bogged-down airports? Whether you travel to the county for business in our energy, manufacturing and chemical sectors, or for our great freshwater and saltwater fishing, San Patricio’s two county airports can get you here. County airports offer a spectrum of stress-free access to courtesy cars, available hangar rental space and aircraft maintenance shops. Both airports have Jet A and 100 LL fuel for purchase. All you have to do is fly in, tie down and hit the town!

McCampbell-Porter Airport (TFP)

Ideally located just 15 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi, McCampbell-Porter Airport, is capable of handling the entire general aviation spectrum, from single engine piston aircraft all the way to large corporate jet traffic such as the G5, without the backups security frisks and delays you’ll find at the other major commercial airports. Two operating runways make getting in and out of McCampbell-Porter quick and easy. The airport features a pilot’s lounge, flight planning and weather room, wireless Internet, a kitchen and shower.

Corporate customers include: Kiewitt, Gulf Marine, Cheniere, Chevron USA, Exxon Mobile and Anadarko.

  • GPS: 27 54 46.9N 097 12 41.4W

  • Runway: 13/31: 5002’ x 75’

  • IFR Approach: RNAV (GPS) RWY13-31

  • Communications: CTAF: 122.7 MHz CRP Approach: 120.90 MHz

  • Automated Weather (Level 3): 118.775 MHz

  • 7,000-ft terminal building

  • Aircraft parking security fence with coded access

  • Office Facilities

  • USCG Marine Radio – Broadband Wireless ISP

Alfred C. “Bubba” Thomas Airport (T69)

The Bubba Thomas Airport is located a mile west of The City of Sinton, only 15 minutes from northwest Corpus Christi and 20 minutes from “Refinery Row” on US 37. The facility, managed by San Patricio County, offers t-hangar rental space, and has a resident aircraft mechanic and avionics specialist.

  • GPS: 28 02 18.84N 097 32 33 W

  • Runway 14/32: 4323’ x 55’

  • IFR Approach: RNAV (GPS) RWY 14-32

  • Communications: CTAF: 122.7 MHz

  • CRP Approach: 115.50 MHz

  • Automated Weather (Level 3): 118.775 MHz

Corpus Christi International Airport

CCIA operates 365 days per year, handling passenger, cargo and military flights. The airport is home to three major commercial airlines including American Eagle, Southwest and United Airlines, which operate 2-3 dozen flights per day. They also cater to industrial customers, including FedEx, to move more than 1 million pounds of cargo and mail each year.

In 2013, the airport moved 667,401 passengers and 1.8 million pounds of cargo in 71,000+ flights. Of those:

  • 18,000+ were commercial

  • 18,000+ were general aviation and

  • 33,000+ were military.

Major Texas Airports

Most International Flights do not fly directly into Corpus Christi, but require connections in San Antonio, Houston or Dallas. Click the links below to view major airports in Texas:

Rail

Railroads have been important to Economic development in San Patricio County since the first train arrived in the late 1800s, and will continue to play a vital role in the success of county industries.As interest in property along the La Quinta Ship Channel increases, access to efficient rail transportation has become more important than ever. Due to the county’s close proximity to the Port of Corpus Christi and its Terminal Railroad, San Patricio County industries enjoy access to shipping by rail to anywhere in the United States via three Class 1 railroads – Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and BNSF.

 For the last five years, San Patricio County has seen an average movement of 30,000 – 35,000 railcars per year. Due to heightened activity in the last decade, and projections for even higher demand, the port’s 2012 Rail Master Plan includes a conceptual route for a new rail line serving the La Quinta Channel, which would increase capacity and efficiency.

 The Union Pacific Kosmos Industrial Lead serves industries along the La Quinta Ship Channel. Commodities moving by rail on this line include crushed limestone, silica sand for fracking, alumina hydrate, alumina, lime, chlorine, vinyl chlorine, refrigerants, other specialty chemicals and steel. This has also been an important rail line for transporting wind energy materials and military equipment. The line serves major San Patricio County industries including OxyChem and Chemours,voestalpine. With the number of Tier 1 companies already receiving rail service, and billions of dollars in new development under contract, rail providers see the advantage of serving San Patricio County businesses, and cooperatively work with local officials to meet the demands of San Patricio industries.

 Experts project an increase in the number and length of trains moving cargo through South Texas in the next five years. In consideration of safety and quality of life, the San Patricio Rural Rail District has been working with leadership from the port and city officials to identify and promote several projects that would move train tracks away from the center of town, to outer lying areas.

 Rail development remains a priority issue in San Patricio County, and the EDC is committed to working with the San Patricio Rural Rail District to make sure future rail projects are implemented, taking into account the interests of businesses, homeowners and other stakeholders. 

Roads and Highways 

FM 1069 and State Highway 361 (Annual Average Daily Traffic = 16,000)

FM 1069 and State Highway 361 provide access to San Patricio’s major industrial sector and some of the most coveted commercial real estate in the region. The two roads provide access to waterfront properties that are already industrialized, such as Kiewit, Gulf Marine and Flint Hills, as well as private property along the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway with developmental potential. Highway 361 runs parallel to the ship channel and is the county’s primary industrial corridor.

Proposed Highway

Texas Highway 200 or Ingleside Industrial Highway Corridor is a proposed 2-mile stretch of new highway that would connect SH 361 to FM 1069. SH 200 will provide direct access to FM 1069 without having to go through the middle of Ingleside. FM 1069 leads to FM 2725 providing access to major industries. As proposed the highway would have two travel lanes in each direction and 10-foot shoulders on each side.

Interstate 37 (Annual Average Daily Traffic = 52,000)

I-37 starts at the Gulf Coast near the San Patricio County border and heads northwest towards San Antonio, where it merges with other large interstates including Interstate 10. I-37 links San Patricio County based companies to central and northern regions of Texas and subsequently the entire United States. It provides direct access to the Port of Corpus Christi via the Joe Fulton Trade Corridor, and is a major artery for the transportation of crude oil and natural gas.

US Highway 77 (Annual Average Daily Traffic = 16,000)

US 77 runs north and south from the Rio Grande River through the central / eastern portion of Texas and into Oklahoma. It is one of the most highly traversed roadways in the county and is a straight shot to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, hitting many small to medium-sized Texas communities along the way. Several portions of the highway that run through San Patricio have been widened in recent years, in light of increased 18-wheeler traffic – an indicator that business in South Texas is booming. It is the only highway to run through Kennedy County, home of the enormous King Ranch – one of the largest in the world. The future route of I-69E is expected to follow US 77 in most places.

State Highway 188 (Annual Average Daily Traffic = 9,400 on eastern end of county)

SH 188 is an east / west highway in San Patricio, stretching from Mathis on the western end of the county to the Gulf of Mexico near Port Aransas on the eastern border. It provides trucking access to San Antonio and beyond, and also acts as a means of access to major industrial areas for locals who live in other areas of San Patricio. SH 188 begins at an intersection with US 37 on the west, and runs in a near straight line to the east, splitting San Patricio County in northern and southern halves.

US Highway 181 (Annual Average Daily Traffic = 48,000) 

US 181, one of the original federally approved highways, was built in November of 1926 and still directly services most of the communities in rural San Patricio. The route parallels US 37, and runs through Karnes City and the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale Play area. SH 181 connects the local communities and is used heavily by those in the agribusiness and wind energy industries. SH 181 provides companies and their employees with access to mechanics, grocery stores, restaurants, machine shops, schools, housing and lodging, and supports many of the pop-up businesses that have resulted from a recent economic incline. The highway is marked with stoplights and small towns, and is ideal for locating small to mid-sized businesses. Highway 181, particularly in central San Patricio County, is a great location for site selectors looking to build new subdivisions, providing quick access to already existing residential areas, schools and major work sites. It also serves as a connector to Victoria (Population 62,592, 1 hour drive) and Houston (Population 2.2 million, 3 hour drive) to the north, and Laredo (Population 236,191, 2.5 hour drive) and the Mexican border to the south.

Interstate 69

The brand new Interstate 69 (I-69) consists of several specially approved stretches of existing highway, of interstate grade, that link other designated interstates. In areas of South Texas, portions of highway are now designated as I-69. One such area is the interchange between I-37 and US 77. The new interstate allows interstate quality sections of US59, US77, and US281 to be signed as I-69 regardless of whether or not they connect to other interstate highways. The purpose is to create a more seamless corridor for north / south travel and trade through North America.

Public Transportation

Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) The ‘B’

CCRTA provides public transportation throughout Nueces County and portions of San Patricio County including the cities of Corpus Christi, Robstown, Port Aransas, and Gregory. The CCRTA service area covers 830 square miles and provides transit service that supports more than 6 million boardings per year. The service operates 7 days a week depending on the route, except Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.
 In addition to fixed route bus services, the CCRTA provides commuter service to employees of the Naval Air Station and The Corpus Christi Army Depot. The CCRTA also assists citizens and businesses in creating customized vanpools and rideshare programs. You can view the CCRTA’s map of routes here.
CCRTA also provides a service within the region called Demand-Response – a curb-to-curb service for qualified individuals with a disability.
 For information about routes, schedules or customer service topics, please view the CCRTA website or contact the CCRTA Customer Service Center at (361) 883-2287.

Regular Fares
  •  Adult Single Fare – $0.75

  •  Reduced Fare – $0.25

  • Reduced Fare * Off-peak – $0.10

*Off-peak hours are before 6 a.m.; from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; and after 6 p.m. on weekdays only

*Reduced fare applies for Senior Citizens, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare Card Holders. Children age 5 and younger ride free with accompanying adult. Texas A&M University, Del Mar College and Independent School District students and staff ride free with a valid School I.D.

Passes
  • Day Pass – $1.75

  • 7-day Pass – $7.50

  • 31-day Pass – $30

  • Reduced Fare* 31-day Pass – $11

  • Commuter 11-trip Pass – $12.50

  • B-Line Pass – $50

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