Big Spring is situated at the “Crossroads of West Texas” making it a natural transportation and distribution hub. Interstate Highway 20 is the major east west artery and Texas Highway 87 the major north south artery. Big Spring is located on the Ports-to-Plains Corridor linking Mexico with Canada, a major transportation route for goods and services manufactured or grown in the mid-west and distributed worldwide. Big Spring is the former home of Webb Air Force base and boasts an 8,800 ft. runway capable of landing 737 class aircraft, a new state of the art air terminal, and facilities that lend themselves to national and global shipping and distribution. Big Spring is serviced by Union Pacific Railroad on their primary east-west track with thousands of railcars passing through Big Spring every day. Big Spring is also proud of the newly established Big Spring Rail System, a short line, which will provide trans-load services to existing customers on the airpark and potential new businesses. These assets make Big Spring ideal for transportation distribution operations and a focus for the EDC to develop logistic operations.
Big Spring EDC is excited to be part of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalitions is, above all, a network of people who share the same interest in the robust, sustainable growth of jobs and investment throughout the 9-state Ports-to-Plains corridor. The corridor is increasingly recognized as an important economic development resource for business leaders throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland.
Big Spring Rail
BSR was established in August 2012 as part of an economic development project by the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation. It was created to initiate opportunities to transport and distribute product for customers, promoting the accessibility and utilization of existing rail service that was not previously possible. BSR operates the line for Transport Handling Specialists, Inc. (http://www.thsrail.com/index.html), a non operating carrier, which is leasing the line from the City of Big Spring. BSR interchanges traffic with Union Pacific and is located just west of UP's Big Spring yard, extending southward from UP's Toyah Subdivision.
McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark and Industrial Park
The Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport, owned and operated by the City of Big Spring, is a general aviation airport. The airport, which occupies approximately 2,200 acres of land, operates two runways: Runway 17/35, which measures 8,802 feet in length and 100 feet in width; and Runway 06/24, measuring 4,601 feet in length and 75 feet in width. The Airport & Industrial Park constitute an Interprise activity with all revenues generated going into the operation and maintenance of the Airport. The Airport, formerly a military installation, is operated in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations and the Department works closely with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Aviation Division, to insure compliance and support.