The entrance to the Pacific Corridor is a state and federally designated trade corridor from Texas to Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, and continuing to the Mexican Pacific port of Topolobampo in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Chihuahua is one of the four largest trading partner states with the United States, and this new corridor would capture a majority of this trade for Texas. Long term, after the completion of a highway from Chihuahua City to Topolobampo, and improvement of rail facilities, it would give Texas long-term access to a Pacific deep water port that is approximately 500 miles closer and much less expensive than the Port of Los Angeles.

The concept of this major new trade corridor was developed jointly by MOTRAN Alliance and the Departments of Economic Development of the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango. All four entities support the development of this corridor strongly. The concept was originally endorsed by Governor Patricio Martìnez Garcìa of Chihuahua, Governor Angel Sergio Guerrero Mier of Durango, and Governor Juan S. Millàn Lizàrraga of Sinaloa and Governor George Bush of Texas.

Motran Timeline

  • 1993


    TXDOT studies extension of I-27 to I-20 and I-10 and community and business leaders in the Permian Basin unite to promote a Permian Basin Route.

  • 1993


    MOTRAN is officially created as a 501(c)6 nonprofit and the La Entrada al Pacifico Corridor is designated by the Texas Legislature.

  • 1993


    MOTRAN transitions from a volunteer organization to hire a full-time staff member. Construction is completed on new road from Chihuahua to Ojinaga.

  • 1993


    La Entrada al Pacifico receives federal designation as a National High Priority Corridor.

  • 1993


    Port of Topolobampo improvements begin.

  • 1993


    SH349/Craddick Reliever Route completed.

  • 1993


    MOTRAN launches

  • 1993


    SH 349 expansion to 4 lane between Midland and Lamesa is approved.

  • 1993


    SH 158 is approved for expansion to 4 lane.

  • 1993


    $58 million in Energy Impacted Funding awarded.

  • 1993


    $150 million in additional energy sector road funding for Permian Basin.

  • 1993


    Completion of Aldama Bypass and Governor Greg Abbott appoints Tryon Lewis from Odessa as chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission.

  • 1993


    TXDOT approves expansion of the Presidio International Bridge and expansion of US 385 between Crane and McCamey.

  • 1993


    MOTRAN kicks off effort to bring Interstate 14 to Midland-Odessa.