Transportation is one of Plano's strengths. Plano offers excellent access to air, light rail, public transit and road transportation. Just 30 minutes from DFW International Airport, Plano and its location within the Central Time Zone, allows business travelers same-day departure and return from both the East and West coasts. Plano is just 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas.
DFW International, ranked third in the world for flight operations, provides non-stop service to 135 domestic and 38 international destinations. These direct flights reduce the travel required to efficiently conduct business. DFW International is the hub of American Airlines.
Love Field, Dallas’ inner city airport, is convenient for regional travelers. Love Field also supports private commercial services for corporate jets. It serves as the hub for Southwest Airlines
Addison and Collin County Regional airports provide private commercial services for area businesses and service for corporate jets. Each airport is only a few miles from Plano. Addison Airport is the third largest general aviation airport in the country.
North-South access is available by Dallas North Tollway (DNT) and U.S Highway 75 (Central Expressway). The Dallas North Tollway, nicknamed “the Platinum Corridor,” links Legacy, Granite and International business parks to downtown Dallas and several regional shopping malls. U.S. Highway 75 provides southbound access to downtown Dallas and northbound access to Oklahoma.
Plano, Dallas and much of the surrounding area are served by mass transit from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). DART provides light rail, local and express bus service as well as HOV lanes. DART’s extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 200,000 passengers per day across its 700-square-mile service area.
There are two bus transit centers in Plano, strategically located on the east and west sides of the city. The west transit center is located at 15th Street and Coit Road, near major employers such as Alcatel-Lucent, Medical Center of Plano and Dallas Morning News. The east transit center is near U.S 75 and Archerwood Street, in proximity to light rail, government and county offices, office complexes and shopping districts.
DART operates a modern light rail system serving the Dallas metroplex. From Ft. Worth via the Trinity Railway Express to the Dallas Zoo, DART has numerous stops throughout Dallas and has northbound routes to connect Plano and other suburban cities such as Richardson, Garland, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch. In 2002, DART opened two light rail stations in Plano at 15th Street and Parker Road. DART’s light rail gives Plano residents alternative and convenient travel choices for work and leisure.
Plano is accessible by three class 1 railroads; Union Pacific, BNSF and Kansas City Southern. Short-haul rail is also available by DG&O.
Plano is within 350 miles of three of the top 10 U.S ports*:
No. 2 Houston (268 miles via I-10, BNSF, UP)
No. 6 Beaumont (347 miles via I-10, BNSF, UP)
No. 10 Texas City (300 miles via I-10, BNSF, UP)
*Ranked by 2005 total tons of foreign and domestic commerce (U.S Corps of Engineers)