Transportation Networks & Logistics


Interstate Highway Availability
Interstate Highway Availability

Major Highways


The City of Red Oak, Texas is located in north Ellis County, approximately 18 miles south of Dallas. Red Oak is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (DFW) Metroplex, which covers 9,250 square miles, consists of 12 counties, and over 200 cities and towns.

Red Oak is strategically located along Interstate 35E (IH-35E) which offers 4 miles of frontage along the east and west sides of IH-35E. Also known as the NAFTA Highway, IH-35 extends southward to Austin, San Antonio and Laredo; IH-35 extends northward to Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Canada. Proponents of the Interstate 35 Corridor refer to it as the "real" NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) highway, since the proposed NAFTA Highway (Interstate 69) is currently incomplete. I-35, together with Interstate 29, provides a direct freeway connection between Mexico and Canada. Interstate 35 begins at the International Border with Mexico at Laredo, Texas, and terminates at Duluth, Minnesota, 148 miles southwest of the Canadian line, thus nearly affording it border-to-border status. Interstate 35 in its entirety is part of High Priority Corridor 23: Interstate Route 35 Corridor.

Red Oak is ideally positioned less than 45-minutes drive time from five (5) major interstate highways:

1. IH-35E (immediate access)

2. IH-20 (10 minutes)

3. IH-45 (15 minutes)

4. IH-30 (24 minutes)

5. IH-35W (43 minutes)


Transportation Networks - Highway, Air, Rail, Ports, Intermodal (PDF)

Transportation Networks - Major Highways & Air Travel - Exhibits (PDF)

Texas Report: Logistics Hub of the America's - Office of the Governor (PDF)



Air Service


Red Oak is conveniently positioned less than 40 miles, or fewer than 40 minutes travel time from two premier commercial airports: Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport; and, Dallas Love Field Airport.

DFW International (38 miles / 39 minutes)
With over 191 accessible worldwide destinations and approximately 1,900 flights per day, DFW International is ranked as the third busiest airport in the world. DFW provides nonstop service to 36 international and 133 domestic destinations to more than 60 million passengers annually. Air travel times take less than four hours to any major North American City.

Dallas Love Field (24 miles / 26 minutes)
The City of Dallas owns and operates Dallas Love Field, one of the finest general-purpose airports in the world. The airfield is located seven miles northwest of the downtown central business district and is managed by the City's Department of Aviation. Seven full service fixed base operators (FBOs) at Love Field provide general aviation users with a wide variety of services including fuel, maintenance, hangar rentals, and charters.

Transportation Networks: Highway, Air, Rail, Ports, Intermodal (PDF)

Texas Report: Logistics Hub of the America's - Office of the Governor (PDF)

Air Travel - North America Map - Travel Times (PDF)



Railway Networks


Texas’ railroad system is the 2nd largest in the nation, with Red Oak being served by the Union Pacific Railway System (UP). Although Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) is the owner of the railway infrastructure, the UP is the operator and rail service provider with the main railway line extending north-to-south through Red Oak. The UP serves all major cities and gulf ports in Texas, as well as international gateways at El Paso, Laredo, and Brownsville.

Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

Union Pacific - US Railway Network Map (PDF)

BNSF - US Railway Network Map (PDF)

Texas Report: Logistics Hub of the America's - Office of the Governor (PDF)



Intermodal Terminals


Texas offers superior transportation and logistical advantages. The state's central location and state-of-the-art transportation network provides timely access to domestic and global markets via air, land, and sea.

In 2020, more than 7.4 million tons of intermodal freight was shipped from Texas, ranking the state third in the nation. Red Oak is strategically located in close proximity to multiple intermodal terminals that provide convenient accessibility to international destinations for supply chain and logistics.

Intermodal Facility - Distance in Miles / Travel Time from Red Oak

UP Dallas Intermodal Terminal: IH-45 – 12 miles/ 19 minutes

UP Dallas Intermodal Terminal – 29 miles/ 31 minutes

KCS Dallas Intermodal Terminal – 33 miles/ 37 minutes

BNSF Alliance Intermodal – 60 miles/ 60 minutes

Ft. Worth Alliance Airport – 60 miles/ 60 minutes


Texas Report: Logistics Hub of the America's - Office of the Governor (PDF)