Connectivity that Counts

Founded on a rich history as a pioneering railroad town, infrastructure in Temple, Texas, provides businesses a centralized and interconnected network of transportation and telecommunications options.

Transportation in Texas is simple, with Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio all within a three-hour drive of Temple and six interstates linking Central Texas to the rest of the country and Mexico. Infrastructure projects from civil engineers have created high quality roads and bridges for the community. Additional transportation options include four airports within close reach, delivering thousands of products and passengers both domestically and internationally. Temple’s Union Pacific and BNSF existing transit rail lines also provide high speed options. Freedom of choice meets reliability when it comes to telecommunications, utilities and Texas’ deregulated energy market.

Keep reading to learn how Central Texas infrastructure keeps Temple businesses connected across the U.S. and around the globe.


How does Central Texas stack up? Here’s what others are saying about utilities, energy rates and infrastructure in Temple and Texas.

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Facts & Figures

Temple connects people and businesses to key markets efficiently – and we have the numbers to prove it.

Aerial view of Temple, TX at night
28M People Within 2.5 Hours
An airplane sits on the runway at Draughon Miller Airport in Temple, TX
5 Regional and International Airports
4 Rail Systems
I-35 highway in Temple, TX
80% of Texas’ Population Accessible by I-35
Drive Times
Emsi 2019


Albuquerque, NM 745 Miles
Austin, TX 68 Miles
Dallas, TX 128 Miles
Denver, CO 995 Miles
El Paso, TX 620
Houston, TX 169 Miles
Kansas City, MO 670 Miles
Little Rock, AR 448 Miles
New Orleans, LA 514 Miles
Oklahoma City, OK 322 Miles
Phoenix, AZ 1050 Miles
San Antonio, TX 163 Miles
Emsi 2019

Drive Time

Albuquerque, NM 11:50
Austin, TX 1:06
Dallas, TX 2:00
Denver, CO 14:21
El Paso, TX 10:25
Houston, TX 3:13
Kansas City, MO 9:47
Little Rock, AR 7:00
New Orleans, LA 8:30
Oklahoma City, OK 4:57
Phoenix, AZ 16:45
San Antonio, TX 2:15


An airplane sits on the runway at Draughon Miller Airport in Temple, TX

Four airports within one hour of Temple offer flights reaching the northern-most corners of the continental U.S. in four hours or less.

For global travel, Temple offers easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (65 minutes south of Temple) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, named Air Transport World’s 2019 Global Airport of the Year. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Some carriers serving 66 non-stop domestic and international flights are Aeroméxico, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa and United Airlines.

Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport is Temple’s local airport. This FAA Part 139 municipal facility features a 7,000-foot runway that provides general aviation services, general air freight/cargo services, fuel, corporate jet services and hangars.

The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport offers direct, non-stop air access to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta airports. The Waco Regional Airport (35 miles north of Temple) serves travelers to and from Central Texas.



Temple’s heritage as a railroad town is alive and well today. The area is served by mainlines of both BNSF and Union Pacific. BNSF’s main switching yard houses lines that run north to south across the community adjacent to Interstate 35, as well as east to west.

Temple’s Rail Park at Central Pointe offers a short line railroad called the Temple & Central Texas Railway (TC). The TC has an exclusive long-term license agreement with the City of Temple for 10-plus miles of line in the Rail Park. Rail switching and other rail-related services are provided to customers located in Rail Park.

Amtrak offers passenger service through Temple, with trains running daily between Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles.



I-35 highway in Temple, TX

In the heart of Central Texas, Temple is located along Interstate 35 and connects to the international markets of Mexico (via Laredo) and three of Texas’ largest metro areas: Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Distance to Major Metros and Transportation:

  • Temple, Texas to Austin, Texas – 70 miles
  • Temple, Texas to Dallas, Texas – 130 miles
  • Temple, Texas to Houston, Texas – 170 miles
  • Temple, Texas to Waco Airport – 43 miles

Other major highways include:

  • US Highway 190
  • SH 36
  • SH 53
  • SH 95

Temple’s metro area population is 448,100-plus, and more than 1.2 million people are within a 60-minute commuting range.

The HOP is Temple’s regional public transit system that serves 9,000 square miles over nine counties.



Temple water tower in Temple, TX

Texas’ deregulated energy market makes it easy for customers to select the provider that best suits their needs. Two websites offer information on services and Temple energy rates: Power to Choose and Save On Energy. The primary provider in the Temple area is Oncor.

Atmos Energy supplies natural gas in Temple and is one of the largest natural gas-only distributors in the U.S. Its regulated distribution operations deliver natural gas to 3.2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and public-authority customers, with distribution services provided to more than 1,600 communities in 12 states.

Other Temple, TX utilities, such as water and wastewater services within city limits are provided by the City of Temple.

AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Sprint Nextel Communications, Verizon, MCI and others offer long-distance, cellular and internet-related telecommunications services.


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