Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a grassroots alliance of communities and businesses whose mission is to advocate for a robust international transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland including Mexico to Canada.

The Alliance, based in Lubbock, Texas, USA, is a non-profit, bipartisan, advocacy group led by mayors, council persons and other local elected leaders, economic development officials, business and other opinion leaders from nine states (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming) Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada and a developing corridor connecting central Mexico. In addition to domestic movement of goods along the existing highways, the corridors service major international border crossings including Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Laredo between Texas and Mexico, and Sweetgrass/Coutts, Wild Horse and Raymond/Regway between Montana and Canada and Portal/North Portal between North Dakota and Canada. The Ports-to-Plains region services a 2,300-mile economic development corridor of existing highways stretching from the port at Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico to northern Alberta.

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The Alliance was formalized in 2009 through an agreement between groups representing three congressionally designated High Priority Corridors on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS): the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor; the Heartland Expressway; and the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway. Additionally the Alliance also partners communities in Canada and Mexico. Today, as the Ports-to-Plains Alliance, the coalition works to assure continued prosperity in communities throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland by improving the existing highway transportation system.

Over the past decade and a half, Ports-to-Plains Alliance members have seen almost $3.61 billion in federal and state funding for road improvements in the Ports-to-Plains region. Today, we continue to collaborate with our federal and state leaders, partners in Canada and Mexico, and industry partners, to deliver the infrastructure, food, fiber and fuel that secure the quality of life of America's great cities. Click here to see the current status of the highway infrastructure. 

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The corridor serves North America’s energy heartland including the oils sands in Alberta, Bakken, Niobrara, Permian, Cline, Eagle Ford and emerging Mexico energy plays. We also embrace America's new energy economy, and are capitalizing upon wind power, biofuels and other innovation sectors to renew one of America's greatest legacies, the rural heartland.

The three federally designated High Priority Corridors on the National Highway System of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance are:
  • Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor (#38),
  • Heartland Expressway (#14),
  • Theodore Roosevelt Expressway (#58)
These four corridors traverse through 2,300-plus miles serving a ten state region of America’s rural heartland:usa namesprint
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
Across the northern borders of Ports of Sweetgrass/Coutts and Wild Horse between Montana and Alberta

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor connects to the Alberta providing access to the Alberta Oil Sands which ranks third after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia in terms of proven recoverable global crude oil reserves.

The border crossings at Ports of Raymond/Regway and Portal/North Portal and numerous other smaller ports of entry

connects the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor in Montana and the Province of Saskatchewan and North Dakota and Saskatchewan.

On the Texas southern end, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor connects to three U.S./Mexico border ports:
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  • Del Rio/Acuña
  • Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras
  • Laredo/Nuevo Laredo
In Mexico, key highway connections include:
  • the Laguna Norte Corridor
  • Mazatlan - Matamoros Super Via Corridor providing access to the west coast of Mexico.


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