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Texas has a good highway system that reaches all parts of the state but is especially dense in the more populous eastern sections. Texas also has more railroad track than any other state. Goods shipped by rail and originating in the state include chemicals and nonmetallic minerals. Air transportation has been especially important to Texans because of the great distances they must often travel from one city to another. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Houston’s airports rank among the nation’s busiest. A number of airlines have hubs in Texas cities.

Water transportation plays an important part in Texas commerce. The state has a number of deepwater ports along the Gulf Coast, which have access to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is part of the Intracoastal Waterway system, a sheltered water route that stretches the length of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The waterway enables barges to shuttle among Gulf Coast ports and easily reach ports on the Mississippi River and on the East Coast.

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Houston is Texas’s busiest port and ranks among the busiest ports of the United States. Ships reach the port of Houston by means of a ship canal, because it lies inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Texas ports ship products to other parts of the United States and to countries around the world. Among the state’s leading exports are chemicals, computers and electronic products, nonelectrical machinery, and petroleum and petroleum products. "Texas" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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