Tyler Transportation Infrastructure
Tyler has an excellent, solid transportation infrastructure which equates to short, easy commuting times and experiences with inner Loop 323 and the new Toll Loop 49. A regional bus system and modern jetport provide additional transportation options within and outside of the city.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR) is a state-of-the-art regional airport completely rebuilt in 2002. The airport is located only 10 minutes west of downtown Tyler on Texas Highway 64, at 700 Skyway Boulevard. Rental cars are available on site from Hertz, Avis, and National; on-site short-term and long-term parking is also available.
Flights are offered in Tyler by American Eagle Airlines with connections to the DFW Airport.
Shuttle service from Tyler to Dallas, DFW airport, and Dallas Love Field Airport is available, both via scheduled shuttles or via chartered vans, taxis and buses.
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Tyler Transit and Intercity Bus Transportation
Tyler Transit System
The Tyler Transit municipal bus system provides regular service throughout the city.
Please visit their web site for routes, hours and other pertinent transit information.
Tyler Transit is housed in the renovated Cotton Belt Railroad Depot downtown. The Cotton Belt has played an important role in the development of Tyler over the years. It once included a railway south of Tyler through Gresham, Flint and Bullard.
Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus transportation from its terminal at 303 N Bois d Arc Street downtown.
Taxi Service and Shuttle Services in Tyler
Several transportation companies offer taxi service in Tyler.
Echo Transportation, which is located at 2828 Teague Drive, provides a variety of transit services in Tyler and beyond, including shuttle services, public transportation and more. Phone 903.561.6095.
Beginning in September of 2016, Uber is also available.
Highway Infrastructure in and Around Tyler Texas
Loop 49 South of Tyler at FM2493
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Interstate Highway I-20 is a short drive from Tyler via U.S. 69, U.S. 271, or Toll Loop 49.
U.S. Highway 69 is the major north-south route through the city. U.S. Highway 271 runs to the northeast towards an interchange with I-20 and then on to Gladewater.
Texas Highways 31 is a major east-west corridor, to Kilgore and Athens. Highways 64 and 110 are also major routes in and out of Tyler, providing a more northwest-southeast alignment.
Loop 323 functions as a ground-level 4-6 lane inner-loop, while the new Toll Loop 49 is evolving into a large outer-loop.
Toll Loop 49
Texas Loop 49, being built in stages, connects with I-20 near Lindale, providing an additional route from Tyler to this major Interstate route. It also alleviates traffic volumes on other Tyler traffic arteries such as Loop 323 and U.S. 69.
Initial segments were built to the south and west of Tyler, as two-lane limited-access roadways, but right-of-ways are designed for an eventual four-lane highway.
Today, in 2018, five segments of the loop are completed, and a contract has been awarded for Segment 4 (from I-20 near Lindale to US 69 north of Lindale). Eventually, Toll Loop 49 will also connect to I-20 east of Tyler, at some point still under study.
Aerial view of construction of the Toll 49 and Interstate 20 interchange, seen in 2017 (Photo courtesy of NETRMA)
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Old Jacksonville Highway Corridor Widening
Plans are underway by TxDOT for the five-laning of two miles of Old Jacksonville Highway (FM 2493) from Gresham to FM 346 in Flint, to begin in the Summer of 2018. Improvements include widening the road from two to four lanes, with a center turn lane, at a cost of $14 million. Completion is anticipated in 2020.
Another project, still in the planning stage, will involve the widening of six miles of FM 2493 from Flint to past Bullard at its intersection with U.S. 69.
A third project involves the building of additional lanes on Old Jacksonville from Loop 323 south to Gresham. This will create a six-lane road on this segment, with a center turn lane. Funding in the amount of $52.3 million was approved in late 2017.
Cumberland Road Extension
The new section of Cumberland Road between South Broadway Avenue and Old Jacksonville Highway opened on August 12, 2016. This stretch of road provides an additional 4-lane east-west corridor in Tyler. Along the road are the new Tyler Police Department substation, Faulkner Park, and Owens Elementary School.
The roadway also includes a hike-and-bike trail that varies between 5 and 10 feet in width, depending on the section. TxDOT is anticipating construction to begin in 2022 if the local MPO approves the project and its portion of funding.
The intersection of Loop 323 with South Broadway Avenue (U.S. Highway 69)