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Transportation Infrastructure

Connected to the World by Road and Rail

The metro Tucson region and Southern Arizona are readily connected to the global marketplace with strategic north-south/east-west rail and a well-connected highway infrastructure. Tucson is located along Interstate 10, one of only three coast-to-coast Interstates. Just a 45-minute drive south of Tucson on I-19, is the recently expanded Mariposa Port of Entry, one of the busiest ports of entry in the U.S. Mariposa boasts some of the shortest wait times on the U.S.-Mexico border. Also, a $134 million project is currently under construction to further improve the flow of commercial truck traffic at the port of entry. Located on Union Pacific’s main line, Tucson is home to the Port of Tucson, an inland port, intermodal facility and business park located in Tucson’s Foreign Trade Zone.

Take Flight

Seven airlines fly nonstop to 20 destination airports from Tucson International Airport (TUS) with one-stop connections to hundreds of destinations around the world. Almost 60 flights take off every day from TUS with more than 6,200 available seats. TUS nonstop destinations include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. TUS is a viable resource for businesses to grow cargo operations. There are 10 additional general aviation airports throughout Pinal, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. (Source: TUS Website, 2021)

Deep Water Ports Offer Global Accessibility

Southern Arizona benefits from international commerce generated by the deep-water ports located on the Western coasts of the United States and Mexico. The Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, as well as the newly expanded Port of Guaymas in Mexico provide the metro Tucson region and Southern Arizona with access to global shipping destinations. Southern Arizona’s location in the Mountain Time Zone means same day communications with the West and East Coasts, as well as with Canada and Mexico.

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Susan Dumon | Senior Vice President, Economic Competitiveness

Daniela Gallagher | Vice President, Economic Development

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