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The Los Indios Free Trade International Bridge on FM 509 and newly built Tamaulipas roadway afford quality infrastructure for tourism and trade alike. The mission of the Bridge is to serve as the most convenient and safe crossing points for all citizens and tourists of both U.S. and Mexico, as well as facilitate the crossing of all freight and import-export trade in a timely and efficient manner. The bridge is owned jointly by Cameron County, The City of San Benito and The City of Harlingen.
With a full US Customs inspection facility that accommodates up to 75 trucks simultaneously, the Free Trade Bridge is among the most time-efficient crossings in the US. The new SENTRI lane allows for faster crossings and automatic log of shipments.
The US Fare for autos, pickups and motorcycles is $2.25. Bridge hours are from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.
For further information visit http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/dot/free.htm
For fares visit: http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/dot/docs/book2_.pdf
Port of Brownsville:
Only 30 miles from San Benito, the Port of Brownsville provides the most efficient services to facilitate the international movement of goods between Mexico and the United States. At the Port of Brownsville, the land transportation of Mexico is linked with the Inland Waterway System of the United States.
Open since 1936, the Port of Brownsville is located at the southernmost tip of Texas at the end of a 17 mile (27 kilometers) channel that meets the Gulf of Mexico at the Brazos Santiago Pass. The Port lies adjacent to the Rio Grande River providing a convenient gateway to Mexico.
The Port of Brownsville is a major center of industrial development with over 230 companies doing business here. Adequate space is available for expansion of existing or addition of new industries.
Port of Harlingen:
5 miles from San Benito
Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District Port:
25 miles from San Benito
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway:
25 miles from San Benito, reaches from Brownsville to Florida
Valley International Airport
VIA is the largest airport in the Rio Grande Valley and only 7.7 miles from San Benito. Nearly 1 million passengers and visitors walk through the terminal. Southwest Airlines and Continental Express are the main airline carriers. Sun Country Airlines offers direct seasonal service to Minneapolis/St. Paul during the winter season from November to April. VIA has the longest runway in the Rio Grande Valley. Safe and secure parking is available for all passengers with 24-hour remote-camera surveillance. FedEx, DHL Express, UPS Supply Chain and BAX Global provide air cargo service from the airport. General aviation services are provided by Gulf Aviation.
Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport:
Business & tourist passengers; cargo carriers. 22.9 miles from City.
Miller International Airport in McAllen:
Business & tourist passengers; cargo carriers. 42.5 miles from City.
Domestic: Rio Grande Switching Company, Union Pacific Railroad
More than 50 trucking companies are located between Brownsville and McAllen, including refrigerated trailers, vans and flatbeds, for a total of more than 1,200 units.