McAllen has rail accessibility located only 65 miles from a seaport. In anticipation of meeting regional needs, South Texas Regional Multi-Modal Center is using a new type of rail service out of McAllen. This service promises to have national significance in improving the cost competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, reduce wear and tear on Texas and U.S. highways, lower product distribution costs, reduce congestion, and improve safety on America’s highways. This new rail project will be operated by Triple Crown Services and utilize RoadRailer technology for fast, secure, and cost efficient short-haul truck and long-haul rail movement.


McAllen is served by U.S. Expressway 83, a 6 lane divided highway and U.S. 281, a 4 lane divided roadway, which is a designated I-69 Corridor. U.S. Hwy 281 and 83 connect McAllen with I-37 and I-35 running North and South. The I-69 Corridor, extending from Mexico City to Canada, will run through McAllen and connect with other Interstate Highways throughout the U.S. McAllen is working with its partner communities on Highway 281 to immediately make it operationally equivalent to an interstate highway. Highway 281 is already designated as a leg of the I-69 Corridor.

McAllen Foreign Trade Zone

The McAllen Foreign Trade Zone is a not-for-profit corporation. The McAllen Foreign Trade Zone (MFTZ) was the first nonseaport foreign trade zone in the United States. A foreign-trade zone is a “free port” that is regulated by U.S. Customs. Raw materials and/or finished goods may be brought into the Zone from another country duty-free and then may be stored, assembled, repackaged, graded, manufactured, or re-exported without payment of U.S. Customs duties.

Ports of Entry

Nearest Water Port: Port of Brownsville, 56 miles

Customs Ports of Entry:
McAllen – Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge
Mission/McAllen – Anzalduas International Bridge
Pharr – Reynosa International Bridge
Weslaco – Progreso International Bridge Donna Bridge

Other Ports Servicing Site:
Altamira, Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo, Mexico

Reynosa, Mexico

Reynosa is the first city directly located on the I-69 Corridor, the shortest route between the Industrial Northeast of the United States, Canada, and the largest market in the center of Mexico. The Reynosa area is considered the best place to locate your National Distribution Center. These centers could potentially source Asia, Europe, Mexico, South America, and the United States.

  • 4 Major Highways
  • Airport
  • Aeromexico
  • Viva Aerobus
  • Railroad Systems
  • Intermodal Terminals

Distance to Nearest U.S. Metro Areas

Metro Area Miles
1. Brownsville-Harlingen MSA 45 mi
2. Corpus Christi 150 mi
3. Laredo 150 mi
4. San Antonio 230 mi
5. Austin 330 mi