Economic Development


El Paso International Airport

El Paso International Airport (ELP) is the gateway to West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico. It provides airline passenger services to more than 2.8 million passengers per year, air cargo, and general aviation services.  The Airport is favored with abundant land (nearly 7,100 acres) and is located six (6) miles east of Downtown El Paso and 1.7 miles north of Interstate 10 Exit 25 (Airway Blvd). The El Paso International Airport has two air carrier runways and one general aviation runway. 

EPIA is served with more than 45 daily flights connecting the community with daily non-stop air service to 10 different destinations within the United States.



El Paso is virtually equidistant from three seaports -- Galveston (795 miles) Corpus Christi (707 miles), and Long Beach (750 miles). The commercial land ports of entry connecting El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, cleared more than $86.1 Billion in US –Mexico trade in 2013.


Rail (Commercial & Passenger) 

Union Pacific Railway provides intermodal and other services to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas through El Paso.  

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad also travels to Los Angeles and Chicago. 

Amtrak's Texas Eagle & Sunset Limited Passenger Lines currently serve the area from Union Depot Train Station. 

All U.S. commercial rail carriers connect with their Mexican Counterparts in El Paso/Juarez.  



I-10 & I-25

Primary highway access to the region is provided by Interstate 10 (I-10), which extends between Jacksonville, Florida, and Los Angeles, California.  I-10 stretches more than 2,400 miles across eight states, passes through 17 major urban areas; in Arizona I-10 covers 392 miles.  In Las Cruces, Interstate 25 (I-25) connects with I-10, which provides access to northern New Mexico, central Colorado, and eastern Wyoming. Interstate 110 (I-110) extends southward from I-10 and provides cross-border access to Juarez, Chihuahua.


Cesar Chavez Border Highway

The Cesar Chavez Border Highway stretches 8.9 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso from Downtown to the Zaragoza Road. The Border Highway is a popular roadway for those drivers commuting from the far east side towards downtown and want to avoid the heavy traffic that builds on I-10. The Cesar Chavez Express Toll Lanes opened in January 2014 and have given El Paso drivers the option to have a much more reliable commute.


U.S. Route 54

More commonly referred to as 'The Patriot Freeway', this road begins where I-10 and U.S. Route 54 intersect and stretches through northeast El Paso and continues on to New Mexico. This U.S. Highway is a popular option for those commuters traveling from El Paso to New Mexico, specifically Holloman Air Force Base and Alamogordo, New Mexico.  


Texas State Highway Loop 375

This highway is more commonly referred to as 'Loop 375' and currently connects the Cesar Chavez Border Highway and the Purple Heart Memorial Highway on the east side of El Paso. In the future, Loop 375 will connect the west side of El Paso from Trans-mountain Road (Woodrow Bean) to Sunland Park and finally to US 85/Paisano Drive.  The primary goal for the completion of the loop is to give the commuter options when deciding the best route to travel from West to East El Paso in the most efficient way and without needing to use the main highway, I-10. 


Trans-Mountain Road

This road is unique to the city of El Paso as it cuts through Franklin Mountain State Park. Also an option for those living in Northeast El Paso, Trans-Mountain road can be used as a quick commuting option to access the Far West side of El Paso . Trans-Mountain Road is a scenic drive that exposes El Paso's beautiful desert landscape.